Throughout January and February, the Sustainable Employment Creation and Improved Livelihoods for Vulnerable Communities in Mogadishu (SECIL) project conducted classes in seven schools in Mogadishu to raise awareness about the importance of safe water and to provide the opportunity for children to express these issues through art, a subject rarely taught in Mogadishu’s schools.
A total of 1,672 paintings were collected and submitted to represent Somalia in UNEP’s 22nd Children’s Painting Competition. This almost equals all the paintings submitted for the whole of Africa in last year’s competition!
Fifty select paintings were showcased in an exhibition in Mogadishu in April, attended by schoolchildren, their families, local government representatives, and the general public. The paintings were then donated to schools and ministries for permanent display and to promote awareness on issues related to water.