Photography inspire children

By IGIHE
On 13 November 2017 at 01:49

Children aged between 13 and 17 years have expressed their life aspirations, hopes to achieve them and memories of their past experiences.

Through a five-day photography training organised by UNICEF Rwanda in partnership with National Children Commission (NCC), children were helped to tell their life stories and express their future life aspirations by using pictures.

The exercise was party of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) which was founded in 1947.

Over the last 70 years, UNICEF has promoted children’s rights by fighting against child labour and any violence as well as supporting their education and uplifting their confidence to do anything they can to prepare their bright future.

During the training, children were taught about taking good picture focus that matches with their confidence.

Seventeen-year old François D’Assise, took a picture of a mother with a child in her hands which he interpreted saying, “When I was small, my mother always held me to make me feel safe. I noticed the same love from this mother and her baby, and I knew I had to take a picture.

Afissa Mukeshimana, 16, and Jean Claude Nzeyimana, 15, took pictures of a woman doing pottery to earn the bread for her children. They said, “Women like Makarusanga Zuraika are so inspirational because they work hard to build businesses and earn income for their families. Her success and entrepreneurship will create good lives for her children, and she can pass these values on to them.”

Gloria Uwera, 17, said “At first I was taking a different picture but this little boy caught my eye. He told me he loves coming to the market to help his mother sell fruits. He even tried to sell me an orange! My wish is for all children to grow up like him: with loving families and an entrepreneurial spirit.”

Aline Niyonkuru, 17, Affisa Mukeshimana, 16, and Claire Twagirihirwe, 14, said “Participation and working together are important cultural values. That’s why once a month, everyone in Rwanda participates in ‘Umuganda’, our country’s community work day. We want to encourage our future children to feel proud of these values.”

On another picture, Aline Niyonkuru and Francois D’Assise said, “Our wish is for every child to use innovation and creativity to improve the lives of people in their community… like how Christine, Emeline and Theoneste are using these local materials to create toys for children to learn through play.”

Valentine Niyonkuru, 17, said “Even when my mother had a lot of work, my father or my grandmother would take care of me. I saw this grandmother with her grandson, and it reminded me of myself as a child. The development of children requires good parenting, and this family is a great example.”

“At first I was taking a different picture, but this little boy caught my eye. He told me he loves coming to the market to help his mother sell fruit. He even tried to sell me an orange! My wish is for all children to grow up like him: with loving families and an entrepreneurial spirit.” Gloria Uwera (17)
“Even when my mother had a lot of work, my father or my grandmother would take care of me. I saw this grandmother with her grandson, and it reminded me of myself as a child. The development of children requires good parenting, and this family is a great example.” Valentine Niyonkuru (17)
“When I was small, my mother always held me to make me feel safe. I noticed the same love from this mother and her baby, and I knew I had to take a picture.” Francois D’Assise (17)
“Sports aren’t just fun, they’re important for a healthy life. Every child should be able to take time for football, or volleyball, or whatever they like.” Cedrick Bizimana (17) and Claudia Kamanzi (15)
“I want every child to have access to a good education, because it’s our right to have the opportunity to develop our talents through learning.” Claire Twagirihirwe (14) and Emmanuel Iradukunda (13)
Children have a right to a standard of living that meets their needs. Gardens like this one help children have good nutrition for physical and mental development.” Elia Ufitimana (13) and Ester Uwase (14)
“Babies can sleep peacefully on their mother’s backs and dream of their future when their families have good health care.” Cedrick Bizimana (17) and Claudia Kamanzi (15)
“Participation and working together are important cultural values. That’s why once a month, everyone in Rwanda participates in ‘Umuganda’, our country’s community work day. We want to encourage our future children to feel proud of these values.” Aline Niyonkuru (17), Affisa Mukeshimana (16) and Claire Twagirihirwe (14)
“Participation and working together are important cultural values. That’s why once a month, everyone in Rwanda participates in ‘Umuganda’, our country’s community work day. We want to encourage our future children to feel proud of these values.” Aline Niyonkuru (17), Affisa Mukeshimana (16) and Claire Twagirihirwe (14)
“Our wish is for every child to use innovation and creativity to improve the lives of people in their community… like how Christine, Emeline and Theoneste are using these local materials to create toys for children to learn through play.” Aline Niyonkuru (17) and Francois D’Assise (17)
“We have a responsibility to protect our environment and keep our schools and communities clean. Gakwaya told us that for his children to have a good future, he has to make sure he helps keep the planet healthy.” Aline Niyonkuru (17) and Francois D’Assise (17)
“Women like Makarusanga Zuraika are so inspirational, because they work hard to build businesses and earn income for their families. Her success and entrepreneurship will create good lives for her children, and she can pass these values on to them.” Afissa Mukeshimana (16) and Jean Claude Nzeyimana (15)

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