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Accompanying 4 Tomorrow’s 2011 international poster competition on the theme ‘The Right to Education’, the association is sending leading figures from the world of graphic design to provide free training in poster art for volunteers in countries across Africa.
Since 2009, the not-for-profit association 4 Tomorrow has organised an annual poster competition (and simultaneous worldwide exhibitions of the entries) for Human Rights Day, December 10. After themes exploring ‘Freedom of Expression’ and the death penalty, 4 Tomorrow president Hervé Matine chose ‘The Right to Education’ - ‘an inalienable right that allows individuals to break the chains of poverty and seek a better future.’ As Hervé Matine points out, ‘we receive entries from over 100 countries but Africa has, sadly, been absent. Last year, only one of the 2,094 entries was from Africa (Morocco). Echoing the 2011 theme, we’re launching twelve free workshops across Africa, led by internationally renowned graphic artists, to train volunteers in the art of poster design.’
Supported by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès (represented on the competition jury), the workshops promote cross-cultural exchange and reflect two of the Foundation’s core values - support for education and training and design. The week-long workshops are organized by universities and art schools. Nine have already taken place with great success in Morocco, Ghana and South Africa, some attracting hundreds of participants. Three are due to be held in the Congo, Uganda and Guinea.
This year’s competition received 155 posters from Africa, thanks to the workshops’ support, helping participants to discover and nurture their vocation.