The Country Director AFD, Mr Xavier Muron said the organization will not relent in human capital development and will continue to reach out to the most vulnerable in the society.
He said his agency will relate with Urunwa studio to be able to make a meaningful impact on society.
The Country Director stated this during the children’s day celebration with the Dobbie group of school children at Tropical Gallery, Abuja.
Muron said the Catch-up project was initiated in an international gathering as an initiative to change the psychological mindset of the children through the use of artistic power systematically.
He added that by next year 15 or more of the children would be going back to school, which was the initial ideology to achieve sustainable development goals, either in education or any other sector “.
“We have been working on over 40 projects since inception, and the objective is to invest more in human development. This is what led to the partnership with Urunwa studio. We want to work with artists and encourage them to utilize their gift to promote the society.”
Muron said AFD has been in operation in Nigeria for the past 14 years rendering financial programmes with World Bank to the Nigerian government and has also carried out several projects such as transportation, urban development, rural development capacity building, water supply, road rehabilitation projects and financial investment.
“The Agency has provided financial institutions for many years to alleviate poverty and foster sustainable development in the Development of the World and Nigeria, with over 71 field offices across the four continents.”
An artist and host of the event, Chidimma Arunwa Ikegwuonu said her passion is to connect and empower the life of the vulnerable in society.
” We are targeting out of school children to empower them to know that tomorrow holds a better day irrespective of the darkness they may be experiencing at the moment”.
“As art communicates to an individual soul, I want to use this medium to create awareness for these out of school children to realize the importance of education”.
“We want them to know that they can be whatever they want to be in future, and also to keep their environment clean through the use of waste materials like charcoal, papers stroll and artwork.”
She also emphasised the need to create more awareness on the issues of rape, as it becoming more rampant in society.
“In most of the remote areas, most of these young children are psychologically affected by the effect of rape. Consequently, most of these young children can not speak up because this crime is committed by a very close person. We should say no to rape and stand against rape be it male or female child”.
A student of the school, Victor Gilbert, noted that being present at the exhibition is an eye-opener and a great experience he would never forget.
He also added that educating the girl child is very important to the society because you must have educated the whole nation with greater women to run the household and business.