Girl right advocate organisation Girl Child Creativity (GCC) last night closed its week-long mentorship program with their Voices Fiesta at the First Floor Gallery. More than 30 people, including school children, educators, artists and art lovers, attended the event.
Students from Vainona High, Budiriro 3 Primary and Vista Vision College showcased their talents along the theme of promoting the rights of girl children.
Students from Vista Vision College staged a mini theatre play, outlining how issues that affect women are often handled by men who do not understand them.
Their performance, which was filled with humor, managed to bring the audience’s attention to things that are often overlooked.
Budiriro primary school students brought to the table what they had learnt from legendary writer Aaron Chiunduramoyo. Their presentation of poetry and short stories in both English and Shona caused celebrated writer and journalist Tinashe Muchuri to break out in applause from the audience.
Muchuri said: “These children have showcased great talent especially the young girl who read to us a Shona short story. She was so good in using similes, imagery and metaphors that I will rest assured our language is in good hands.”
From Vainona High came students who recited poetry that tackled the decline in education standards at their own school, largely due to an unappreciated staff and naughty students.
The students, who had earlier in the week received mentoring from popular poet and human rights activist Robson ‘Shoez’ Lambada and celebrated photographer Kresiah Mkwazhi, really got the audience excited.
Vainona High student Rutendo Masunda, who was among the performers, said: “We had a great time during the mentorship program. We learnt a lot, including how to express ourselves using different mediums of art.”
Founded in 2011, GCC is aimed at mitigating the under-representation of young female artists and young girls in areas of creativity, creative writing, performance arts, readership and literacy cultural development.
GCC director Mbizo Chirasha said: “We have not made our programming as big as we would have wanted due to limited resources but we hope to grow as we continue to work with the girl child.”