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Angélique Kidjo raises awareness on child rights in her native Benin
SÔ-AVA, Benin, 13 September 2007 – World renowned singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo is in her home country of Benin this week to raise awareness about child rights.
As part of her tour, she will visit communities across the nation, talking to leaders and parents about the benefits of education for all – especially girls.
Already, Ms. Kidjo has taken part in several events as part of a campaign titled ‘Toutes les Filles a L’ecole’ (All Girls to School). On a ride with hundreds of taxi motorcycles called ‘zemidjans’, for example, both the drivers and Ms. Kidjo wore brightly coloured jackets emblazoned with the campaign title. Throngs of people crowded around to learn more and hear from the Goodwill Ambassador.
Together, the two ambassadors asked everyone to do his or her part to ensure access to education for all children.
Far-reaching benefits of education
Angélique Kidjo greets a baby and other residents while visiting the village of Alandohou in Benin.
These women, using micro-credit funds provided with the support of UNICEF, are generating income that is not only paying for the education of their youngest but also allowing for their older children to attend school as well.
For the rest of the four-day trip, Ms. Kidjo has been visiting more schools and meeting with women's groups and child victims of human trafficking.