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Stewart Sukuma promotes investing in children and adolescents in Sao Paulo

Stewart Sukuma in Sao Paulo
© UNICEF Brazil/2013/Adriana Alvarenga
Stewart Sukuma connects with adolescents and educators from the UNICEF-supported project “Roots of the Future” in São Paulo, Brazil.

Maputo, February 26, 2013 – The renowned Mozambican musician and UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador Stewart Sukuma advocated for life skills and the importance of investing in childhood and adolescence during a recent concert tour in São Paolo, Brazil.

At Sukuma’s performance with the band Nkhuvu at the Ibirapuera Auditorium on Sunday February 24, the musician drew the audience’s attention to the importance of ensuring the rights of children and teens, inviting the audience of about 800 to support the cause.

"Our contribution will help create honest and productive citizens. Children are our flag, our hope for a prosperous country," said Stewart Sukuma onstage.

After the concert, Sukuma met with adolescents and educators linked to the “Raizes do Futuro” (Roots of the Future) initiative, which is supported by UNICEF in Brazil in partnership with Barclays Bank, a project that helps prepare about 500 young people for the labour market.

"Sometimes our social investment takes time to pay off, but I tell you that it's worth our while because it is transformative," said Sukuma to the adolescents.

Ivaneide Marques da Silva, 16, believes the commitment of artists like Sukuma is instrumental in bringing the message of child rights to a larger audience. An active participant in "Roots of the Future", which is implemented by Recycling, an NGO in West St. Paul, this was Ivaneide’s first time at the Ibirapuera Auditorium.

"It was an amazing experience, a chance to learn something new, surprising," she said.

The show in Sao Paulo was the first international appearance by Stewart Sukuma since his appointment as UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador in Mozambique in December 2012.

Over the past six years, Stewart Sukuma has supported UNICEF in public awareness initiatives around prevention of violence and sexual abuse of girls and boys, promotion of good hygiene practices, and prevention of malaria and HIV. Sukuma has also helped mobilise the artist community in Mozambique in promoting children's rights.

For more information, please contact:

Patricia Nakell, UNICEF Mozambique
Tel: +258 82 312 1820; Email: pnakell@unicef.org

Emidio Machiana, UNICEF Mozambique
Ttel. (+258) 21 481 100; email: maputo@unicef.org



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