visual_art.jpgHarare Junior Mayor, Rutendo Zhakata has hailed a photo exhibition by four photo journalists, depicting the story of Zimbabwean children through photography, in commemoration of the Day of the African Child.

 

 

The exhibition which is a collaboration between Zimbabwe Union of Journalists and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, features over 60 photographs by renowned photo journalists, Maxwell Sibanda, Tsvangirai Mukwazhi, Anne Mpalume and Bethule Nkiwane telling the story of the Zimbabwean child’s plight, education, health and welfare.

 

Guest of Honour at the exhibition Harare Junior Mayor, Rutendo Zhakata hailed the journalists’ effort in highlighting the importance of the Day of the African Child through photograph saying it shows their appreciation of children as future leaders.

 

“The children who died because of their desire to learn in their language shows that heroes are not only adults….the photo exhibition is welcome, as it shows that despite their tight schedules, adults have taken time to consider us as leaders of tomorrow,” said Rutendo.

 

Zimbabwe Union of Journalists Secretary General, Foster Dongozi said the media has a role to bring communities and policy makers together in the discussion of the plight of the Zimbabwean child.

 

“We thought by putting together children from various settings to tell the story of Zimbabwe would be a way to engage the policy makers on the importance of children,” Dongozi said.

 

The day of the African Child is commemorated on the 16th of June in remembrance of the thousands of school children who were massacred in apartheid  South Africa in 1976 for protesting against the use of Afrikaans and English in schools and was declared by the then Organisation of African Unity in 1991.