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Chiredzi pupils represent Zim in Kenya

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Chiredzi pupils represent Zim in Kenya


Kudzai Mupasi

MASVINGO-Two Chiredzi school pupils represented Zimbabwe at the just ended Inaugural Africa Children summit in Nairobi, Kenya.
The two are Devine Rupi a Grade 7 pupil at Tshovani Primary School and Tanatswa Gwenhamo a Hippo High School pupil.
The summit ran from April 10, 2023-April 12, 2023.

Gwenhamo also represented the country at the KindernotHilfe (KNH) sponsored global child labour discussion held in Rwanda in January 2023.
Zimbabwe Coalition Against Child Labor in (CACLAZ) Project Officer, Esnathy Ngandini whose organisation tackles child labour issues in Zimbabwe and works with KNL said the summit provides children with a safe space to empower them.

“The African children summit was a continental forum which seeks to give children a platform for participation. Driven by children, the summit’s goal was to empower African children and create space where they are heard, seen and engaged on policy and social issues affecting them,” said Ngandini.
Summit participants were educated on mental illness and self-care which are troubling many children, participation in policy making and conflict resolution. They also shared ideas on what needs to be done to make the African children happy, education for children, internet and children protection, climate change and environmental child rights.

Rupi is a member of Dialogue works, a project that is funded by KNH and Terres de Hommes (TDH).
Dialogue Works is a group of children who come to meetings led by a child advisory committee (CAC) coordinator in the quest of promoting child participation in elimination of child labour.

Rupi and Gwenhamo were invited to attend the summit by Mtoto Newz International. Their travelling expenses, accommodation and passports were handled by the organisations.
Mtoto Newz International is a Kenyan based child and adolescent media company established in 2018. The core purpose of the company is child participation where children are at the heart of development work.

Child Advisory Committee Coordinator Josiah Murambiwa who also has a hand in grooming Rupi said that he was happy with his performance and participation in Kenya.
“Rupi did well in terms of stage performance and he interacted well with other children. He is always keen to learn and this propels him to greater heights,” said Murambiwa.

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