World Humanitarian Day: Group takes less privileged children on educational tour



The Citizen Journalists Network (CJN) took some less privileged children from Gwagwalada Area Council of Abuja on an excursion to ‘Thought Pyramid Art Gallery’, Abuja for an educational experience.

Mr Michael Edem-Duke, Founder of Port Harcourt based CJN, said in a statement released in Lagos on Friday that the excursion was to commemorate the 2020 World Humanitarian Day (WHD).

WHD is usually celebrated annually on Aug. 19.

Edem-Duke said that children from low income communities were picked to expose them to knowledge acquisition in the area of arts.

According to him, this is also championed by CJN’s 3rd prize winner of Brother’s Keeper Challenge, Ufuoma Macaulay.

He noted that the vision was to help educationally disadvantaged children find expression through the arts.

CJN gives children from low income communities a first time experience to celebrate 2020 WHD.

“The experience was a delightful one for all beneficiaries, it also signalled the official kick-start of CJN Art Class for educationally disadvantaged children from low income households,’’ he stated.

According to the CJN founder, most of the kids it engaged were underprivileged and timid.

He added that that was the more reason it believed that every child deserves a right to discover himself or herself and explore whatever potential nature has to offer

“The first step is for the children to find expression in themselves.

“We are first boosting their psyche to make them understand that they are valuable members of the society and that they belong to the best of us.

CJN has decided to show up for them.

“The concept of using art as a tool is because art is a universal language as most of our beneficiaries can neither speak nor understand English language.

“So, during our discussions, we communicate with them using, Hausa language which is their mother tongue.’’

Edem-Duke said that communicating in the language the children understood and felt comfortable in, made meaningful impact and proved to them that they really mattered.

“In the end, we hope to have mentored children who will not only be fantastic with their crafts but also will be able to freely express themselves and inspired to become more than they can ever imagine,’’ he said.

The Co-Founder of CJN, Mr Ibidun Adeleke, said the excursion was CJN’s way of spurring creativity among the less privileged children in the community.

“As CJN’s way of marking the world humanitarian day 2020, we thought it wise to bring in children from low income communities and expose them to art, teach them how to be creative in their own way.

“In that way, they can also embrace art as a form of education.

“Art is one of the ways to enhance a child’s creative ability and beyond exposure, we see these children being future artists themselves,’’ he said.

Mr Ufuoma Macaulay, who is the Project Champion of the Art Programme, said that the outing would put the beneficiaries in shape ahead of the ‘After School Art’ programme as schools reopen.

“We are here today in preparation for the after school programmes, which is the art class.

“We believe that there is art in everything we do in life from science, engineering or medicine and there is a touch of art in everything.

“As such, we feel these children should be exposed to that aspect of life that will give them a decent shot to life.

“That’s why we are here and the children really had fun,’’ he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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