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Two Jacaranda School for Orphans students have been invited to China and United States of America (USA) where they are expected to showcase some of their artworks.

Jacaranda School for Orphans founder Marie Da Silva said yesterday that they were excited with the development, adding that as a school they have always given students the platform to excel in arts.

The two students, are Reuben Salima and Clement Kamkwamba, who are both in form four.

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“We have done it again and this is once again through arts. We are happy that two of our students are going to China and USA and apart from displaying their works, we are also targeting scholarships for them,” Da Silva said.

She said the students have been invited by Shanghai American School in China to attend their international fair where their works will be displayed.

“Then from there, they will proceed to New York, USA where an exhibition of their works is being displayed in Manhattan,” she said.

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Da Silva said from New York, the students will proceed to Los Angeles to visit Otis College of Arts and Design.

She said that early this year, officials from Otis College of Arts and Design visited Jacaranda School where they saw the potential of the two students.

She said, the Otis and Jacaranda discussed the plan of an exchange programme between students of the two schools.

Da Silva said next year, Otis College will be bringing their students to visit Jacaranda School to work together on a variety of projects.

“My duty to our students is to make sure each one of them is given the opportunity to progress in what they are good at. The arts are taken seriously at our school. Something we do not do in public schools,” she said.

The Jacaranda School for Orphans founder added:

“I did not think that we could produce as many artists like this when I started the school in 2002. I was just thinking of academics for them, that they pass their examinations and go to college and find employment in Malawi.”

Da Silva said there were limited arts schools in the country hence the two students’ visit to China and USA would help earn them scholarships to study in big schools abroad.

“Once they earn these art scholarships, it will be great because they will learn at schools which are advanced when it comes to art and then they can come back and teach at our vocational school,” she said.

She said the two students’ visit to China and USA is a story that is also encouraging other students in schools to take art seriously.

“This is an encouragement to other students in different schools to utilise their talents but also take art seriously and it is also encouraging professional artists out there to continue doing the best in the art as there are platforms out there for them to excel,” she said.

Da Silva said Jacaranda is doing well as far as giving students the platform is concerned as students have also had a chance to meet Queen Elizabeth as well as perform at the Pre-Olympics concert.

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