When poetry escapes through the minds and hearts of children, there is no doubt that the universe has made a great investment. Early reading inspires creativity.
Courtesy photo/Kampala International School Uganda
Babishai Poetry Foundation Director, Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva and Open Mic Director Shiraz Murray witnessed a cocktail of indescribably brilliant poetry at the Kampala International School Uganda Poetry event held in early November.
From Years 7 to 9, the children captivated the wide-eyed audience for over two hours. Being part of a competition did not deter the pupils from adorning themselves in the most glorious poetry costumes possible.
Topics ranged from deep seated society issues like cruelty to animals, racism and poverty. With unexpected word twists, creative imagery and unapologetic realities, the children were courageous and explored those themes affecting them. This proved that U. S elections, race relations and political attitudes affected them as much as everyone else.
It was difficult as the judges selected winners and no surprise that there were several ties. The Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, through the children’s literary program, Babishai Poetricks, identifies with school poetry programs like this to maximize a child’s potential through exploration of poetic devices.
Babishai Poetricks launch at Big Bear Kindergarten, 2015
In 2017, Babishai will conduct another primary school poetry competition after an extremely successful one this year. They will also continue with their creative literary outreaches in children.