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BU­L­AWAYO, Saturday, Septem­ber 14, 1991 — The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Cul­ture is only too will­ing to give a hand in re­triev­ing the Bu­l­awayo Art Gallery’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of child art which is tied up in Bul­garia, the deputy min­is­ter, Cde Gabriel Machinga, said in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day.

Of­fi­cially open­ing the 24th na­tional an­nual schools ex­hi­bi­tion in Bu­l­awayo, Cde Machinga said his min­istry was very con­cerned to learn that the col­lec­tion col­lected over sev­eral years when schools ex­hi­bi­tion was or­gan­ised by the Bu­l­awayo-Eisteddford So­ci­ety had been tied up in Bul­garia.

‘’If full de­tails and cir­cum­stances un­der which this un­for­tu­nate de­vel­op­ment has taken place are made avail­able, my min­istry is only too will­ing to give a hand in re­triev­ing this im­por­tant na­tional her­itage,’’ he said.

It was heart­en­ing, said the deputy min­is­ter, to note that the Bu­l­awayo Art Gallery had made a de­ter­mined ef­fort to in­volve the young gen­er­a­tion in the arts such as water colour paint­ing, draw­ings us­ing crayon and pen­cil, batik and forms of art and crafts.

‘’I un­der­stand that Zim­bab­wean school chil­dren won two golds and one sil­ver at the World’s In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Bi­en­nal held Ja­pan last year. This is in­deed com­mend­able,’’ said Cde Machinga.

He ex­pressed plea­sure that many chil­dren turned up at the Bu­l­awayo Art Gallery for art lessons dur­ing their school hol­i­days.

‘’This is sig­nif­i­cant be­cause art helps in the for­ma­tion and de­vel­op­ment of a young mind. To ap­pre­ci­ate colour and form, to feel an emo­tional joy when look­ing at vis­ual arts, is an en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ence which should not be de­nied our chil­dren,’’ he said.

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