At a colourful event held yesterday, the Canadian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Kumar Gupta unveiled his embassy’s arts project titled, ‘The Walls Can Speak’.
This is one of the many activities being done across the African continent by all Canadian Embassies in commemoration of the International Day of the African Child (DAC). On June 16 every year, Africans honour young people who participated in the Soweto uprising in South Africa. African countries have also taken the day as an opportunity to raise awareness on the continued need to improve the education given to the African Child with regards to access and quality.
The 2016 commemorations were held under the theme, “ Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all Children’s Rights”. In that regard, the local Canadian Embassy engaged three local artists namely, Mavis Tauzeni, Option Nyahunzvi and Terrence Musekiwa in a project advocating for the rights of girls.
As part of the project, the trio decorated the walls of the embassy in Harare with murals carrying powerful messages on the important role that education plays in eliminating early child marriages. The unveiling ceremony was attended by child rights activists, other beneficiaries of the project and civil society organisations. Dr Ellen Sithole, Deputy Director of the Zimbabwe Human rights Commission was the guest of honour.