Campaign Art: Every Day, 500 Kids Don’t Make It. But You Can Save Them

LUCPeople, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.

According to World Health Organization figures, 500 children are killed each day in road crashes globally.  In fact, road traffic injury ranks among the top four causes of death for all children over the age of five years.  To raise awareness of this deadly reality, Jean Todt, President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the international motoring federation, and Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Road Safety, turned to world renowned film director Luc Besson to deliver a potent message: children face incredible danger when crossing the road!

‘Save Kids Lives’, shows children in the townships of South Africa and in central Paris, France walking to and from school to show that the risks children face are almost universally shared, whether they are due to a lack of safe infrastructure or as a result of heavy traffic. The film is shocking, and may contain images some people find disturbing. But that’s exactly the point, according to Todt, who believes that it will help focus attention on making roads safe for children everywhere.

The film was launched the first week in October to coincide with International Walk to School Day and to support#SaveKidsLives, a UN initiative that calls for action to stop the growing number of road deaths worldwide and for decision makers to prioritize children’s safety.

http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-every-day-500-kids-dont-make-it-you-can-save-them

Tears, Assurance And Consolation

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David Newton, a classically trained sculptor in the European tradition, has dedicated his career to transforming ordinary African-American people and forgotten historical moments into unforgettable, timeless monuments of beauty.

Tears, Assurance And Consolation

Anguish and torment have taken over their souls

Psychologically and physically scarred, they seek comfort

The soul is willing to forgive but the mind finds it hard to forget

Because the scar is like an image hanging on the wall

My heart believes there is God, yet I try to find out if Africans have God

I want to know why so much pain?

Why so many tears from my eyes?

Why a particular race should pass through such a rough road?

Do I have to believe that God created man in his own image?

As the moon unravels wonders

I will take the opportunity to free my mind

The shackles are already removed from my feet

I heard the voice calling and saying trust in Jesus

His blessings, no money can buy and no one can steal from you.

A short poem written by Joel Savage@Copyright/ 11/3/2015.

Children’s Story: Why The Sheep Often Stands In The Middle Of The Road But The Goat Wouldn’t

Stories play vital role in the lives of children. Years back, our ancestors create stories to entertain children.There are thousands of African stories for children.

Everyone knows how stubborn the Goat is and humble the Sheep is, yet they put aside their differences to become friends.

In an argument, the Goat told the Sheep: “You are very stupid.” And the Sheep told the Goat: “Don’t let my humbleness deceive you, because I’m one of the wisest creatures on earth.”

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The goat escapes through the window of the bus, after failing to pay his fare  for the journey.

“Why are you called ‘The Stubborn Goat? Let me remind you of this reference in Psalm 109:3, about me: The Sheep quotes, “You know that the Lord, he is God! It is he, who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” “Because you are stubborn, your reference in the Bible is “Separating Goats from Sheep,” you better change your ways, to inherit the Kingdom of God.” The Sheep concluded.

What the Sheep told Goat, touched him emotionally that he decides to repent and change his ways. He suggested to the Sheep that they should embark on a journey to have a good time, to enable him learn more from him and the Sheep agreed. The fully prepared Sheep took everything he needs for the journey, including money to buy food.

Even though the Goat is aware of what they need for the journey, he took everything and ignored taking some money with him. It seems the greedy and stubborn Goat isn’t yet ready to change his bad habits. Mid way in the journey, the driver’s mate starts collecting the fare from passengers. Everyone in the bus, including Sheep paid, but the Goat told the mate: “My money is deep in my pocket, I will pay you when we reach our destination.”

The driver’s mate refused to accept Goat’s explanation, because he knows how cunning Goat is. He told Goat: “I will only agree to your proposal if you allow me to put this rope around your neck, so that you might not escape.” The answer goat wasn’t expecting made him start sweating profusely. Goat knows that he has no choice than to escape. While the vehicle still in motion, the desperate Goat leaped through one of the opened window’s of the bus, leaving his seat and Sheep behind.

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The sheep stands in the middle of the road waiting for the driver’s mate to collect back his change.

The stupefied Sheep was shocked to the extent that he forgets to collect his change, after making the payment to the driver’s mate, while Goat’s name was added to the wanted people’s list. This is the reason the Goat many times escapes when he sees an approaching vehicle, while Sheep stands in the middle of the street, waiting for the driver’s mate, to collect back his forgotten change.

NB: One of my new projects “Anthology Of African Stories For Children,” comes out next year. (2016) In this book, the writer collects the best inspiring, educative and interesting stories, brewed from African pot, to entertain children all over the world. Let your children enjoy diversity of culture by having a copy of this wonderful book.