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Fijian students design superheroes to tackle supervillian in new global comic contest

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UNICEF Pacific Ambassador, Pita Taufatofua, with students from Holy Trinity Primary School in Suva listening to guest illustrator Tui Ledua of Kanalevu Animation and Illustration.

Contest will showcase the power of young people in helping to end violence in schools

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SUVA, 16 October, 2018 – Students at Holy Trinity Primary School in Suva, Fiji, today proudly presented their superheroes designed during a UNICEF workshop held on Monday.

UNICEF and Comics Uniting Nations are calling on children and young people to defeat the ultimate supervillain – Silence – to help end violence in and around schools. The Holy Trinity Primary School students’ superheroes will be entered in this global competition.

During the workshop at Holy Trinity Primary School, UNICEF Pacific Ambassador, Pita Taufatofua, said, “Every child in Fiji, in the Pacific islands and throughout the world, has the right to go to school and feel safe. Let’s talk about the kind of superpowers that your superhero might have that will help every child feel safe in school.”

The students also had the chance to work with Tui Ledua, from Kanalevu Animation and Illustration. “How will we create a superhero to prevent bullying?” Tui said to the students. He responded to the students’ ideas on the characteristics his superhero should have and brought this character to life right in front of their eyes, a superhero complete with a sasa broom to be used as a magic wand to create a peaceful world.

Silence – is a supernatural character that uses its powers to stop children from speaking up and taking action against violence in and around schools. Children and young people aged 25 years and under are invited to design their own comic superhero that will defeat Silence and help keep children safe in school.

UNICEF Pacific Representative, Sheldon Yett, said, “From fighting and bullying to sexual harassment and corporal punishment, violence in and around schools can have devastating, long-term consequences for children.”

The Silence superhero comic contest will encourage children and young people in Fiji and around the world to be part of UNICEF’s global campaign to shed light on and spark action to #ENDviolence in schools through the creative medium of comic design.

The top submissions in the contest will be chosen after the closing date on 25th October by a special panel of judges, including comic artist Gabriel Picolo and last year’s comic contest winner Sathviga ‘Sona’ Sridhar. The public will then have the opportunity to vote online for their favourite comic hero between 16th and 25th November. The winner will be announced in December 2019 and will work with a professional team to turn their winning idea into a full-length comic book. Their comic will be presented to World Leaders at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the United Nations in July 2019, as well as distributed to schools and children worldwide.

For more information visit: https://uni.cf/school-superhero

Notes to Editors:

Learn more about UNICEF’s #ENDviolence global campaign here.

About UNICEF 

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.

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About Comics Uniting Nations 

Comics Uniting Nations is a partnership between UNICEF, PCI Media, The World’s Largest Lesson, and Reading with Pictures. It aims to make the Sustainable Development Goals accessible to the citizens of the world of all ages through comics. Working with a wide array of artists and content creators, CUN leverages the universal visual language and transformative power of comics to educate people about the SDGs and empower them to create positive and lasting change in their own communities and worldwide: www.comicsunitingnations.org

For more information, please contact:

Cate Heinrich, UNICEF Pacific, Tel: +61 9925 606, cheinrich@unicef.org

 

 
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