Lagos: 13 May, 2011 - In commemoration of the 2011 International Day of the African Child and Children’s Day, First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Plc in partnership with UNICEF is organizing a ‘Photography to Painting’ competition amongst junior secondary school children across selected schools in Lagos State.

The project themed ‘Survival of the Nigerian Child’ according to a joint press statement issued by FCMB and UNICEF, is aimed at drawing attention to the plight of the African Child as well as to raise funds for the benefit of underprivileged children in Nigeria.

The African child is faced with various social and economic challenges and abuses ranging from child labour, trafficking, genocide and a host of other perils that hinder the child from attaining his/her full potential within our society.

Children from the selected junior secondary schools in Lagos are expected to go into the community and take photographs that depict their own interpretations of the theme. Each participating student prints a picture and does a painting using the picture that was taken as reference.

Shortlisted paintings from the competition will be showcased during a three day exhibition and auctioned at the grand finale on Sunday, June 19, 2011 at Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos to raise money in support of the UNICEF initiatives.

The final three shortlisted students will get cash prizes of N250,000, N150,000 and; N100,000 respectively. Others will get consolation prizes, with special recognition prizes to be given to the respective teachers of the final three shortlisted students.

“This day represents a heroic and courageous fight by African children in order to be ‘heard’ and ‘seen’; and hence celebrating DAC draws attention to the plight of African children today”, said UNICEF.

“At FCMB, we believe that every child is a potential asset to the world and as change agents, we have continuously worked in collaboration with credible implementing partners in creating an enabling environment for the empowerment and development of vulnerable and displaced children within our society”, said FCMB.

The Day of the African Child (DAC) has been celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991 (when it was first initiated by the Organization of the African Unity) in memory of the thousands of black school children in Soweto (South Africa) who, in 1976, took to the streets to protest the inferior quality of their education and to demand their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young boys and girls were shot; and in the two weeks that followed, more than 100 were killed and more than 1000 were injured.

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