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Savannah Trust empowers citizens through arts projects

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SAVANNAH Trust has effectively used different arts platforms such as theatre in contributing to human rights and governance discourses in the country.

BY LORRAINE MUROMO

Great-joy Ndlovu holding one of his artworks
Great-joy Ndlovu holding one of his artworks

Many citizens have benefited through the arts platforms co-ordinated by Savannah Trust, as education opportunities were unveiled for them to engage the authorities on various societal issues.

Speaking to NewsDay, the trust’s spokesperson, Daniel Maphosa, said they had done their best — despite the declining economy — to implement several outreach events that include constitutional literacy programmes across the country.

“Although 2016 was a very difficult year for most arts organisations in Zimbabwe due to the economic challenges, as Savannah Trust, we managed to implement several outreach programmes that benefited a lot of people in and outside of Harare,” he said.

“We have managed to carry out constitutional literacy programmes aimed at raising awareness among the rural people about the Constitution, outreach programmes on gender based violence and women’s rights in Shamva and Bindura.”

The outreach programmes were aimed at engaging people from these areas on the worrisome issues of gender-based violence and at the same time, raising awareness about women’s rights.

Savannah Trust is the patron of the Protest Arts International Festival, a three-day affair focused on bringing together artists from around the world, who are committed to the promotion of freedom of expression, respect for human rights and advocate for a justice in the society.

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