The royal government of Bhutan has translated the guiding principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) into a mandala, blending framework of the CRC.
In Sanskrit, ‘Mandala’ means circle or centre, and it is used in Buddhism combines an appropriation for the artistic from as well as its meditative role.
The centre – the abode of the deity, in this case the child, is surrounded by a series of circles and squares symbolizing the principles of the Convention and emphasizing their symmetry, interdependence and interrelatedness.
As a ripple in a pond, each idea builds upon the next as it grows larger and flows lager and flows outward. The cardinal points are the four main provisions and principles of the Convention survey, development, protection and participation.
The mandala is traditionally a vehicle used for concentrating the mind so that it can pass beyond superficial thoughts and focus more precisely on valued concepts progressing toward enlightening the mind.
Through use of this mandala, NCWC hopes to promote greater understanding and awareness regarding the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Bhutan.