What’s Stopping You From Learning Sign Language

What’s Stopping You From Learning Sign Language

By Rashiwe Chipurunyenye What is stopping you from learning sign language? That is the question each of us should be asking ourselves. From Monday (September 19) until Sunday (September 25) – the world is celebrating International Week of the Deaf. The day is celebrated by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and its national associations, and their affiliates globally during the last full week of September, culminating with International Day of the Deaf on the last Sunday of the week. The focus is on improving the rights of deaf persons, the status of national sign languages, access to education, and access to information technology and services. This gives greater attention to deaf culture and the achievements of deaf people. To join our groups follow: https://chat.whatsapp.com/IvIl08uoaHYKVh4AQzv2AL Nhau/Indaba spoke to Chipo Basopo, the director of Chipawo, an organisation spearheading a programme known as Creative Corridors. Through the programme, it aims to raise awareness on the inclusion of children with disabilities socially, economically and politically. Said Basopo: “Section 4 of Chapter 6 of the Zimbabwean Constitution states that ‘the State must promote and advance the use of all languages used in Zimbabwe, including Sign Language, and must create conditions for the development of those languages’. “With focus firmly on deafness and deaf people buoyed by provisions of a national Constitution, Creative Corridors, with the aim of including children with disabilities in different socio-economic aspects of life, urges Zimbabweans to take a stand and spread deaf awareness on education, sign language and access to technology.” Inclusion seeks to address the impact of hearing loss on everyday life, specifically in environments where those...
SOUTHERN AFRICAN FESTIAL FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (SAFE) 3RD ANNIVERSARY –  A SUCCESS AFTER THE PANDEMIC by Rashiwe Chipurunyenye

SOUTHERN AFRICAN FESTIAL FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (SAFE) 3RD ANNIVERSARY – A SUCCESS AFTER THE PANDEMIC by Rashiwe Chipurunyenye

It was never a secret that CHIPAWO always delivers and the Southern African Festival for Children and Young People, SAFE was served on a hot platter. Celebrating its 3rd anniversary with the theme “TAKURA”, SAFE festival saw the attendance of more than 500 people from the 4th to the 6th of August 2022. When they say “CHIPAWO chakadzidza”, it was surely reflected by the official opening, where CHIPAWO children presented an infusion of modern and traditional dances with the likes of Mbakumba, Muchongoyo,Dinhe, Amapiano, and Rhumba. Not only did they wow the audience with these dances but they presented a play Takura from the book Takura and the Talking Brunch by the late Stephen Chifunyise. SAFE Festival 2022 saw the attendance of Botswana, South Africa, Malawi and Zambia. These countries too brought their A-game, delivering powerful performances on the second and third day. Children of Botswana bringing the play “Melodi and Kgori”, while their counterparts from Botswana-Children Arts Trust did the play “The Missing Child” South Africa-Oasis Leaners Academy brought to life “Life Style” while Zambia-CHIEZA brought down the house with “We are better than yesterday”. Zambezi Arts Zambia did “Black Bond” and Malawi YDC performed “The Journey at Lampeduza” Zimbabwean theatre groups that were in attendance included House of Talents, Dzikwa Trust, and Elysium Magna. SAFE festival 2022 birthed the SAFE children’s fun day which was on third and last day of the festival. One can SAFELY say we truly had fun. There were jumping castles, face paints, toys, food stall, dance, music from Dj Wanco, Dj Jerry Springer, Baba Shupi, Dj Andreas and Kid Kinnah. SAFE Festival’s success was all thanks to the CHIPAWO Board, Dollarbill Entertainment, Pro-Diary, ProBrand, Nhaka Yambuya Kunze Butchery, Nyaradzo, VaChirenda , Friends of CHIPAWO...
SAFE Festival

SAFE Festival

CHIPAWO is celebrating three decades of its existence and the 3rd year of SAFE Festival – Southern African Festival for Children and young people . This year’s theme “TAKURA”, meaning we are all grown in English, is to celebrate the artistic works that the children and young people from Africa are producing and showcasing. The theme is derived from the book written by the late Stephen Chifunyise in protecting our intangible Cultural heritage and the environment. This year’s edition will run from the 4thto the 7th of August 2022 at Theatre in Park, Harare Gardens, Harare, Zimbabwe with participants from Zambia, Botswana, Malawi and Namibia as well as CHIPAWO and local children and youth groups in Zimbabwe. The main goal is to create a creative space with different young minds honoring the works of the Late Stephen Chifunyise in producing poems, drama plays, musicals, dance from his collection of “TAKURA and the Talking Branches SAFE FESTIVAL OBJECTIVES To create a platform for the future Southern African leaders to appreciate their own origins as well as the diversity of the dynamic world. To demonstrate the initiatives of the creative civil society in contributing to the building of the Southern African and in creating a viable and sustainable platform for intercultural dialogue. To provide children and youth an opportunity of sharing ideas artistically. To demonstrate the importance, use of culture in promoting African solidarity CHIPAWO is therefore seeking your support/ partnership in raising funds for the festival to be a success. The children will need meals, accommodation, transportation and the festival will also need venue hire, media equipment and marketing and promotional material. The amount required is $8000 USD for the execution of the festival and accommodating our sister organizations. Your support will...
SUPPORT CHIPAWO CHILDREN TO JAPAN FOR CHILDREN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL 2022

SUPPORT CHIPAWO CHILDREN TO JAPAN FOR CHILDREN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL 2022

CHIPAWO (Children’s Performing Arts Workshop) is performing arts organization that was established in 1989 as a trust with the aim of producing a performing arts education based on the idea of exploiting the traditional performing arts of the people of Zimbabwe and of Africa. Founders of CHIPAWO were convinced that it was necessary to promote a performing arts education that while using a pedagogy that is driven by indigenous cultural values of Ubuntu, it can be applied in the formal education system. CHIPAWO has participated in many international festival since 1992 to date. CHIPAWO this year has been invited to take part in the World Festival of Children’s Performing Arts in Toyama Japan, from the 30th of July to 3rd August 2022. The aim of this Festival is to promote mutual cultural exchange and friendship among the participants, through various kinds of artistic performances, seminars, and workshops in which the invited groups commit to participate with both the children and the group’s leader. CHIPAWO will perform a play entitled “MAIMBODEYI” a play that tackles issues affecting the girlchild from early child marriage, deprived education, child labour, poverty and family discrimination. CHIPAWO is there for seeking for your assistance as we fundraise for the CHIPAWO group air tickets of $ 22 000 USD to Toyama Japan to participate in the festival. The children will be expected to leave Zimbabwe on the 28th of July and arrive back on the 3rd of August 2022. This trip to Japan will give the Zimbabwean children the opportunity to be exposed internationally, to make new friends, learn new cultures while sharing the Zimbabwean culture...
CHIPAWO Trust revitalizes Creative Life for Children and Young People

CHIPAWO Trust revitalizes Creative Life for Children and Young People

CHIPAWO Trust embarked on an African Culture Fund (AFC) sponsored Project which was themed “Revitalizing the creative Life for Children and Young people.” The project’s main goal was to bring to light issues affecting children and young people in Zimbabwe i.e. drug abuse, depression, teenage pregnancy, early child marriage, bullying and discrimination. These issues were brought out by the children of CHIPAWO in four different performances that were scripted, developed, choreographed and performed by CHIPAWO children arts educators. These plays include We Miss CHIPAWO, Maimbodeyi, Peace and Peace Always and Wounds. The plays shed light on the upkeep of the African girl child in Maimbodeyi and the struggles she is facing in Wounds, We Miss CHIPAWO showcases how COVID-19 induced lockdowns affected the children as they were forced to adapt to living at home 24/7 and we get an insight of what bullying is and how it’s happening in different schools in Peace and Peace always. These performances have facilitated inclusive participation of children and young people, closed the dormant skills use by the upcoming talented creatives, who are a new crop of talent for the creative sector. And enhancement of the career path development for the children who have been entangled in related dynamics of social and home conflicts that were experienced due to the stresses that relate to the global pandemic. The shows were recorded, marketed, streamed on CHIPAWO social media handles, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and performed for an audience at Jasen Mphepo Little theatre. CHIPAWO appreciates Theatre in the Park for providing CHIPAWO children with a safe rehearsal...