The 2016 edition of Tavatose Sisonke schools visual art exhibition will be held in July. From now until then schools will be working on their pieces for the exhibition.
The exhibition which is held by the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in partnership with the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) is themed Waste no Waste, Waste is Treasure. Artists are challenged to come up with works that are in line with this theme.
Schools from all districts of the country are invited to participate in this visual art contest and help in changing the attitude of communities towards the disposal of waste, and equipping students with waste management skills that can be used for sustainability and improvement of livelihoods.
Eligible candidates should be between the ages of 5 – 18 years old.
Teachers should guide and inspire students to create artworks that raise voices on the following issues outlined according to age, primary/secondary school and child friendly appeal
– Improper handling of waste and indiscriminate disposal in open spaces and road margins
– Numerous risks to the environment and human health
– Individual health risks related to poor water, land and air quality
– Infrequent collection of waste; attractive breeding grounds for flies and rats
– Aesthetic; waste that litter public areas are smelly and ugly
– Providing a viable livelihood option for communities through waste collection
– Creation of artworks using recycled materials
– Approaches for reducing trash and promote recycling
– Reducing the environmental impact of disposal sites as the bio-degradable waste fraction largely is to blame for the pollution and the methane problems.
– Benefit the soil by using organic compost instead of chemical fertilisers.
– Open burning dumpsites produce volatile heavy metals (mercury and lead) dioxins
– Many waste activities generate greenhouse gases
– Divert biodegradable waste from the municipal waste stream, thus reducing transportation costs and the environmental costs
– Enhancing environmental awareness in the community and rural and urban greening.
– Create employment in the community through picking up waste for recycling
– Decrease the problems caused by malfunctioning municipal services with primary collection services and earn cash.
Last year over 600 pieces from schools in all 10 provinces were submitted.
For more information for teachers, parents, and artists contact
The Education Officer on 04 704666/7 ext 30
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Final date for submissions to the National Gallery in Harare is 11 June 2016