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Cartoon Characters Help School Kids Take Responsibility As BFI Commences WinS Project in Edo State, Nigeria
My health is in my hands!
From Evbuotubu Primary school, Ugiagbe Primary school to Dayspring Nursery, Primary, Junior and Senior secondary schools, the slogan was the same: “”! School kids affirmed their resolve. The Beautiful Feet International (BFI) WinS project is making them catch on how to take responsibility for their own health and wellness in school and at home as a good way to securing their future despite the prevailing poor environmental learning conditions they are daily being subjected to due to annual flooding, environmental degradation and government neglect which has made WASH emergency higher in the area. All the schools in the WinS project are in Evbuotubu, a flood prone community in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria.
The BFI team of media and development specialists in collaboration with Horizon International is currently offering WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) education outreach materials to schools in flood-prone areas of the country as an intervention.
Working together with local educators, the media service of BFI is currently visiting schools in selected communities in Edo State where they engage with schoolchildren on health and wellness education. They are distributing for free WASH4All comic books and other info-graphics aimed at teaching schoolchildren the importance of clean water, good hygiene, and improved sanitation practices that will ultimately reduce the prevalence of water-borne childhood illnesses. This effort is made possible with additional support of a seed grant from The Pollination Project (TPP) and the support of individual friends of BFI.
Cartoon Africa International Biennial (CAIB) Fosters Dialogues, Broadens Public Awareness and Engages Youths in Environmental Protection in Africa
Since 2012 when the collaborative agenda to deploy cartoons and comedic art, photojournalism, cartoon animation/multimedia tools, etc. to address vital development concerns in Africa not given the attention they deserved debuted in Lagos, Nigeria.
The project is gradually building up into a movement of sorts as it continues to gain more visibility and attract attention of key stakeholders locally in the context of achieving some of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa through media advocacy, youth engagement creative education and capacity building for visual journalists in Africa.
Pundits Say Cartoon Africa Intl Biennial Will Fast Track Public Awareness and Behavior Changes on Many Fronts
The 2nd edition of “CARTOON AFRICA INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL (CAIB) festival” hosted by the Edo State Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Center, in Benin City, Nigeria, has been described by pundits, social science cum art critics and other stakeholders as a potential catalyst for social reengineering, public awareness and behavior changes across Africa and the rest of the world.
“I think it’s a wonderful thing that you have done to bring together international cartoonists here in Benin City, and it’s the hope that you get increasing support for this particular event so that you can hold it continually”, said an American, Professor Jean Borgatti, at the CAIB festival exhibition opening penultimate Thursday.
The CAIB festival seeks to explore how Art, in synergy with allied fields/professions, can provide ANSWER to a wide variety of issues and concerns in favour of Africa’s sustainable development and productivity while professionally researching, showcasing, promoting, rewarding excellence in the use of cartoons and graphic humour to address issues of public interest, in the context of public education.
Stakeholders’ Support key To Success - It is a deliberate and collaborative effort to trigger voluntary personal actions and catalyze behavior change across African communities on gender violence through aggressive public education, awareness creation and youth engagement/capacity building activities and projects in the context of spreading awareness of the AU Protocol on Women’s rights in Africa; international artists, press cartoonists, illustrators, photographers and cartoon animators in Africa and other parts of the world are deploying comedic art and edutainment to battle gender violence and inequality in Africa, in a global context at the 2nd CARTOON AFRICA INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL(CAIB) festival hosted by the Edo State Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism, in Benin City.
In a presentation at the event opening last Thursday, November 27, 2014, the Executive Director of Partnership for Women and Justice (PW&J), Mrs. Ijeoma Umeh, tasked stakeholders and artists of talent to actively engage in drawing attention to women issues through artistic solutions and sponsorships.
The PW&J leader said, “I am very glad that this event is holding at the time it is, and I want to use this medium to welcome you all to this august event and I pray that the outcome of this event would go a long way in determining the position of the society with regards to our perception of the arts and in respect of gender perspective. Whatever platform that avails to us as gender advocates we should utilize them, we should deploy them in representing the issues that affect women in the society. Just two days ago was the international day for the elimination of all forms of violence against women, and stakeholders are saying that if you have the opportunity to represent the interest of women, even as individuals, as associations, and as organizations, we should deploy those opportunities critically in raising awareness over the issues that affect women in the society.
Italian Cartoonist Mariagrazia “Gio” Quaranta from Italy lead the awards during the first Cartoon Africa International Biennial in Lagos, Nigeria.
The full page report was published on January 18th, 2012 by The Nigerian Observer newspapers, one of the oldest newspapers in Nigeria.
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