African art auction set for Amalfi
Rockland — The public is invited to a free auction featuring African art and carvings Thursday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. at Amalfi on the Water, 12 Water St. at Ocean.
Go! Malawi and Go! Malawi runners including local supporters Reade Brower, Troy Peasley, Russ Wolfertz, Rebecca Jacobs and others will host a silent auction with local and African art, carvings, paintings, photos and more. This event will raise money for school fees for orphaned children in rural Malawi, where there is no free public education. Go! Malawi is raising money to get 50 children off the street and into school in 2012.
Go! Malawi is a small nonprofit run by volunteers working to end extreme poverty by providing education scholarships to students, especially girls in rural Malawi. At the auction, African paintings, pictures, stone and wood carvings and local items will be available for purchase.
Malawi is a small landlocked African nation and one of the poorest countries in the world. A major factor for this poverty is the lack of education. Primary school students finish in Standard 8 (eighth grade) and the fate of each depends on one exam, as each student must sit for the Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination. Students who do not pass this exam must either repeat Standard 8 or drop out of school. A passed exam accepts students into secondary school allowing the student to continue their education; once a student is accepted into a specific type of school, he or she must pay school fees, regardless of economic background. Consequently, a passed exam will not automatically open doors for some students. Therefore, most students are discouraged from entering primary school in the first place and of those who do, few move on to secondary school.
The consequences of children staying home from school undoubtedly contributes to the problems defining poverty such as, unemployment, HIV/AIDS, early pregnancy, poor maternal health and other health and economic issues. Go! Malawi wants to reverse these statistics by providing educational opportunities for the children of its service area, so the students may pass the PSLCE exam and in turn move on to secondary school. For more information, visit go-malawi.org.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or email@example.com.