AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION PARTNERS WITH AFRIGROWTH FOUNDATION ON PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS, PEACE AND DEMOCRACY AMONGST NIGERIA YOUTHS.
“Poetry is a window onto the breath-taking diversity of humanity.”
– Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General
AfriGrowth Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to enhancing growth and changing lives in needy communities. Founded in 2005 with the belief that one of the greatest challenges we face in the world is poverty. We focus on eliminating poverty by initiating and supporting empowerment programs which develop techniques for self-sufficiency and our mission is to enhance growth in needy communities in West Africa.
A decision to proclaim 21st March 2018, as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999. One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities. Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings.
On January 1st 2018, Australia joined the 107 UN Member State which serves as Human Rights Council Members of which Nigeria belongs to. In line with this, Australian High Commission in partners with AfriGrowth Foundation in celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, 2018. This recognizes the unique ability of literacy using poetry to capture the creative spirit of the youths in Nigerian Secondary Schools through poems; using spoken words on Human Rights, Democracy and Peace.
The objective of this is to make Nigerian youths within ages 11-18 to be:
–More aware and enlightened of their rights.
–Make themselves advocates of peace at all time especially for the upcoming elections in 2019
–Be an agent of sustainable development and growth.
The observance of World Poetry Day will enlighten participants of their rights in a democratic government and also to be advocates of peace in the country in which they live.