Students at the Kapoche School for children with special needs in Zambia participated in the 2013 Lusaka Province schools arts festival at the end of June, where they scooped up first prize.
Using sign language, the children recited poems about various issues affecting their lives, such as drug and alcohol abuse, HIV and AIDS, and teen pregnancy. They also advocated for the rights of children with disabilities.
Luangwa District Education Board Secretary Eunie Mumba, who officiated at the festival, commended the children for imparting positive change through various poems and cultural dances despite their disabilities.
More than 10 schools participated in the event, and the children from Kapoche were selected to take part in the national festival, which took place in late August. Sadly, they were not able to attend because the bus they had planned to use was damaged, but the festival's organizers have informed the school that the children will be automatically qualified to participate next year.
The school, which has 20 students but has the capacity for 60, was built by ChildFund Zambia with financial support from ChildFund New Zealand.
By Priscilla Chama, Zambia Communications Manager