Culture Fund celebrates Day of the African Child

Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust joins the world in celebrating the Day of the African Child (DAC) which is commemorated every year on the 16th of June by Member States of the African Union (AU), and its partners. This year’s celebrations are taking place under the theme “25 Years after the Adoption of the African Children’s Charter: Accelerating our Collective Efforts to End Child Marriage in Africa”. Day of the African Child was originally established to recall the 1976 uprisings in Soweto, when a protest by school children in South Africa against apartheid-inspired education resulted in the public killing of unarmed young protesters by police officials. This day also presents an opportunity to focus on the work of all actors committed to the rights of children on the continent and consolidate their efforts in addressing the obstacles for realizing these rights.

Culture Fund has been committed to improving the plight of children by supporting activities aimed at advocating children’s rights and improving their livelihoods. Over the years, Culture Fund together with its partners has empowered young people through capacity building and talent development programmes.

It has worked with arts organizations such as CHIPAWO, Let Them Trust, Mbira Centre and Jibilika Dance Trust among many others to mobilize and engage young people in positive social actions which promote peace, social cohesion and children’s rights. Culture Fund has also assisted several schools around Zimbabwe through purchase of musical instruments to develop and nurture talent amongst school children.

These projects have created employment for the young people and provided platforms for free expression. They have also encouraged celebration and appreciation of local talent as well as enhancing national pride. Culture Fund celebrates the indomitable spirit of the African Child and stands in solidarity with the Girl Child’s right to participate in all spheres of civic society and encouraging girls to fulfill their potential.