Chipawo, Ugandans collaborate

HARARE - Children's Performing Arts Workshop (Chipawo), in conjunction with Inter-Cultural Theatre from Uganda, will hold a children’s concert at the Zimbabwe College of Music on Saturday.

The two countries will be commemorating the International Day of Prevention of Child Abuse which falls annually on the 19th of November 2012.

This year’s celebrations will be running under the theme, Protecting Children is everybody’s business.
Chipo Bhasopo, the organising director, confirmed the Ugandan children’s tour.

“The two countries’ culture will be showcased under the theme, ‘The World is our playground’ The Ugandans will spend 10 days in the country,” Bhasopo told the Daily News.

“The theme means Chipawo children are free to play with children from other countries because they are children of love”.

Bhasopo added that the International Day of Prevention of Child Abuse is important as it continuously reminds the public on the importance of observing children’s rights.

 “This is a very important day on Chipawo’s calendar. It reminds us to continue fighting for children’s rights and do away with any form of abuse”.

The International Day of Prevention of Child Abuse was established and initiated by the women’s summit foundation in 2000 in a bid to create a culture of child abuse prevention around the world.

It encourages governments and society organisations to play more active roles in protecting children.

There will be a number of performances from the Chipawo children coming from different centres in Harare, Chitungwiza, Norton, Domboshawa and Bindura.

The children’s artistic works aim to increase awareness on the effects of child abuse and violence against children and to promote respect for the rights of the child and to prevent child abuse.

Chipawo was established in 1989 and has produced great artists that include Chiwoniso Maraire, David Chifunyise and Rute Mbangwa among others. - Kaleen Gombera

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