So the movie is not only entertaining, not only telling stories of what is happening but we hope that it will really raise a lot of awareness about children who are abandoned on the street, they’re many of them and we see them everyday.
According to Nigeria’s Ministry of Education in one of its recently released reports, the number of out-of-school children stands at 10.1 million, this, the report said is an increase of more than 3 million from the previous year. The report makes the country the highest number of out-of-school children in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Despite Lagos’s high literacy rate that stands at 96.5 percent, the second-highest among states of the federation according to the National Bureau of Statistics, Lagos still has a high number of children of school-going age who are not in school.
Many of these are either on the streets soliciting for alms, working as bus conductors, load carriers, shoe shiners, hawkers, or in shops learning one vocational trade or the other while their peers are in school learning.
In a bid to create awareness on the plight of street children and nibbling the bud of children vulnerability to negative societal issues such as violence, sexual abuse in society, the Oratory movie is set to launch its movie premiere in major cities in Nigeria.
The Executive Producer of the movie, Father Cyril Odia said that movie is an essential project and dear to the cause of the Salesian project in the country.
Odia pointed that young people in Nigeria make up the country’s population but most of them are not getting the attention they deserve to be responsible to society.
He said most of them are at risk and abandoned with no hope, “we feel like we have to stand for them even though the structures we have now are very minimalistic”
“So the movie is not only entertaining, not only telling stories of what is happening but we hope that it will really raise a lot of awareness about children who are abandoned on the street, they’re many of them and we see them everyday”,
He further stressed that the movie is a very simple and nimble project that started with zero budgets.
In Father Odia’s words, “the movie is not something you watch and just walks out of the cinema without taking the decision to find out from people who have watched the movie. you have to make up your mind on which side of the bridge you are. We have two sides of the bridge but I don’t want to be a spoiler”
Chairman of the organizing committee of the Oratory Movie Premiere, Gbenga Adebija explained at the press briefing that The Oratory is not just a movie, adding that it is actually an integral aspect of a broader multi-dimensional initiative which does not only reminds us individually but as our collective civic responsibilities towards street children but also creates an inclusionary framework for the upliftment of homeless, delinquent and juvenile youths who are at risk of negative social issues such as violence, sexual abuse, trafficking, and crime.
Adebija said that Oratory is an internationally acclaimed movie that has received rave reviews all over the world and premiered in places such as Dublin, London, Turin, and Venice.
“The movie features an impressive array of both Nigerian and international movie stars and was filmed at various locations in Rome, Atlanta, Lagos, and Turin”, he said.
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