Artwork of the Week 31

damainThe Graduate By Manuhwa Damain

The sculpture by Manuhwa Damian is very descriptive, and sends a message about importance of education.

damainThe Graduate By Manuhwa Damain

The sculpture by Manuhwa Damian is very descriptive, and sends a message about importance of education. Education is the mirror of mankind. It denotes a graduate, as suggested by its name, wearing his gown, cap and is tightly holding on to his books and gown. This connotes how much he values the books and it further expresses how important it is for one to be educated.
The 9th of August marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, a day which is meant to commemorate the protection and promotion of the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This day gives indigenous people an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved in the past, to move on with the struggle for equality, and to bridge the gap that exists in the fulfilment of indigenous people’s rights.
It is also a moment to acknowledge the contributions that have been made by indigenous people in promoting creativity as well as global cultural diversity.
 This year’s theme is dedicated to the protection of indigenous people’s right to education. Education is a vital human right, as such every individual should be afforded an opportunity to have quality education so that they can have more chances in life including employment opportunities, better access to health care and to be able participate in political processes and policy making decisions in a nation.
Education not only enlightens indigenous people on their rights but gives them knowledge and skills to challenge the violation of their rights, discrimination and to advocate for equality. It provides an opportunity for indigenous people to maintain the survival of indigenous cultures, languages, knowledge and traditional belief systems that are at risk of being eroded due to modernisation.
Indigenous peoples have been for quite long the worlds most marginalized and impoverished population. According to the world Health Organisation, there are an estimated 370 million indigenous people living in more than 70 countries worldwide. They represent a rich diversity of cultures, religions, traditions, languages and histories; yet continue to be among the world's most marginalized population groups.
The right of indigenous people to education is not only enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but in a number of international human rights instruments including the UN declaration on the human rights of indigenous people, which in article 14 states that: “Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning.”
Artists play a very important role in interpreting the human rights message to mankind. It is fact that artworks make people aware of their rights, as it is also a potent vehicle of communication.

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