A girl speaks during a press conference at the social affairs ministry in Beirut, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Celebrating Human Rights Day, 13-year-old Fouad Sfeir says that kids should stay in school to ensure a future for their country. Sfeir is a member of a children's council that was established as part of the "Child-Friendly Cities" project.The initiative is under the umbrella of a greater campaign known as the Mosaic program, which encourages children from all across the country to be aware of their rights in Lebanon. Despite their age, many children like Sfeir have had their future taken away from them, as poverty and abuse has pushed thousands to drop out of school and perform some of the worst kinds of child labor.Committed to bettering their future, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas, and the Italian Ambassador, Massimo Marotti, met with six children municipal councils Wednesday to exchange ideas about how children can be better protected in Lebanon.
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