Chipawo has begun a cultural exchange programme with children from a community based in Durban, during which they will spend a week together sharing notes on their experiences.
The children from Durban arrived in Harare at the weekend, ahead of the programme which is being done through workshops at the Zimbabwe College of Music.
Chipawo will do a presentation based on issues affecting children, including HIV and Aids, child labour and orphanhood.
Chipawo spokesperson, Chipo Basopo said the programme, supported by Hivos and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, was mainly focusing on cultural exchange and was designed to support multi-culturalism across the country and in neighbouring countries.
“This exchange is for the children from a community based in Durban and Chipawo children.
“They are going to spend seven days together so as to share their experiences in various areas within their countries and learn from each other,” she said in a statement.
She said Chipawo hoped that children from Zimbabwe would also be able to visit Durban in future under the same programme because children could be very good ambassadors in trade and tourism.
“The workshop shall also draw a lot from the experience Chipawo has in working with children on issues that relate to them and the girl child,” Basopo said.
Chipawo has been working with children and young people for over 20 years and has been involved in many international festivals and exchanges.
It has learnt from its own experience that children and young people can perform in this regard.
In 2003 Chipawo successfully facilitated children’s participation in international relations and tourism in the Zhou Tanaka Project, when children from the Yue Xiu Children’s Palace in Guang Zhou, China visited Zimbabwe staging performances, and sightseeing.
Last year Chipawo was involved in an international experience-participation at the 11th edition of the World Festival of Children’s Theatre Lingen, Germany, and an exchange with children of the Drakomir Theatre in the oldest town in Scandinavia, Ribe, in Denmark. Their participation was an outstanding success.
“There is no better way of investing in the future than by empowering children and feeding them with knowledge that will shape them and the arts industry,” she said.