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Day of the African Child celebrations

June 12, 2013

June 16 is celebrated as the Day of the African Child. On this day, about ten thousand black school children marched in a column more than half a mile long, protesting the poor quality of their education and demanding their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young students were shot, the most famous of which being Hector Peterson. More than a hundred people were killed in the protests of the following two weeks, and more than a thousand were injured.

Every year CHIPAWO hosts a concert to commemorate this day, and call it THE CHIPAWO DAY, but this year CHIPAWO children are visiting different children's homes on Saturday June 15 2013 to mark with them the Day of The African Child. The children will engage each other in discussions about the significance of this day what it mean to them as Zimbabwean children while dancing, singing and games will cap the day’s activities.

Some of the children’s homes that the proactive organization will visit include Jairos Jiri, Chinyaradzo, Shammah children’s home, Emerald Hill and Harare Children’s home to name but a few. The children from CHIPAWO will be accompanied by staff and arts educators from the organisation, who will also actively take part in the proceedings.

Established in 1989 CHIPAWO is an Arts Education for Development and Employment Trust which works with children and young people in child development. As an organisation that has been working with children and young people for over twenty-two years and has been involved in many international festivals and exchanges, CHIPAWO, has learnt from its own experience how valuable it is to invest in young people.

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