Representatives of Australian High Commission and Event Partners and Young Poets who participated in the Human Rights Poetry Competition. Photo Credit: Australian High Commission

ABUJA : On January 1 2018, Australia joined the Human Rights Council as a member. With a focus on the Australian Government’s agenda on Human Rights, the Australian High Commission in collaboration with AfriGrowth Foundation and in partnership with Citizens Advocacy For Socio Economic Rights organised a World Poetry Day event titled ‘Human Rights Poetry Competition’ on 21st March, 2018 at the Junior Secondary School Jabi, Abuja.

The event created an awareness, between students in Junior Secondary School Abuja within the ages of 11- 18 years who can advocate for human rights, peace and development through literary activities such as poems and spoken words.

Photo Credit: Australian High Commission

The event also helped these students to have a better understanding of their roles as advocates of peace and agents of sustainable development and growth in their community and in Nigeria.

Miss Busola, Winner of the Poetry Competition                                                                                            Photo Credit: Australian High Commission

AfriGrowth Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to enhancing growth and changing lives in needy communities. Founded in 2005 with the belief that one of the greatest challenges we face in the world is poverty. It focuses on eliminating poverty by initiating and supporting empowerment programs which develop techniques for self-sufficiency and its mission is to enhance growth in needy communities in West Africa.

The Australian High Commission Abuja has funded several projects in Nigeria through its Direct Aid Program (DAP), to promote awareness for the development of children’s education in Nigeria.