Culture and Art to Raise Awareness in Côte d'Ivoire

Published Date: 
Fri, 04/12/2019 - 08:00
Country: 
Cote d’Ivoire

Abidjan – More than 200 young Ivorians participated in the closing ceremony of the “Tell Us about Migration” contest organized in Côte d’Ivoire.

Through this contest, IOM invited youth artists and performers to showcase their understanding of migration with videos. Eighteen submissions were received and the most popular ones for each category (song, dance and theatre) were selected to participate in the finale.

The finale was held last week at the Institut National Supérieur des Arts et de l’Action Culturelle (INSAAC) in Abidjan.

“As a drama student, I think art is the best awareness and information tool,” said Kone, one of the participants. "This day has been filled with good fun and information sharing, but also with a lot of creativity,” he added.

The finale event was attended by artists, performers, authorities and arts students from the INSAAC.

The jury for the competition included a representative of the Magic System Foundation which whom IOM recently partnered to raise awareness on the dangers of irregular migration.

During the closing ceremony, young Ivorians shared their stories of migration, while other participants took part in quizzes on safe and informed migration.

"We love such awareness-raising activities, and we are convinced that the Festival des Musiques Urbaines d'Anoumabo (FEMUA) will be the ideal platform to provide reliable information about the risks of irregular migration to the Ivorian youth," said JL Boua, the Magic System Foundation’s CEO.

The “Tell Us about Migration” contest was launched online earlier this year to invite young Ivorians in the conversation around migration in Côte d’Ivoire.

The winners of the contest will perform during the prestigious FEMUA, one of the largest music festivals in Africa to be held in Gagnoa from 23 to 28 April 2019 under the theme "Gender and Development".

“Art is the perfect tool for engaging youth in Cote d’Ivoire, not only as spectators, but also as active participants,” said Marina Schramm, IOM’s Chief of Mission in Côte d’Ivoire. “This is the second time we will be participating in the FEMUA, and we are excited for the contest winners to have an opportunity to share messages on migration through their artistic skills.”

To further expand IOM’s outreach activities in the country, Regional Committees to Combat Irregular Migration (CRLMI) have been set up by the Government in each region, with the aim to raise awareness about the dangers to irregular migration. IOM has trained 16 outreach focal points who will work closely with the authorities to see the implementation of these activities.

In 2018 at least 20 000 people were reached through IOM's partnership with FEMUA, a partnership that was developed in the framework of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration project.

For more information, please contact Marina Schramm at IOM Côte d’Ivoire at Tel: +225 04084852, Email: mschramm@iom.int.