BABISHAI POETRICKS ADVENTURE TOOLKIT
Babishai Poetricks is a poetry adventure toolkit for children, a memorable and adventurous way for children to discover their creative potential, mainly through poetry, poetic devices and spoken word. It’s the largest program under the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, which runs the annual poetry award for Africans and also publishes poetry.
Babishai Poetricks training in Kampala-December 2015
A society of children and youth using poetry and spoken word to articulate, communicate and create.
To increase the reading and creating of poetry amongst children and youth in Africa
- To promote creative writing, speaking, listening and reading
- To increase the reading and creating of poetry
- To encourage artistic and creative and stimulating verbal and non-verbal interaction amongst children and youth
- To motivate children to appreciate and respect others and their differences through deeper analysis of poetry and spoken word
Several years ago, after the first BN Poetry Award, the school tours began. Visiting schools in Uganda like GreenHill Academy, Kitante Hill, Gayaza High School, Rainbow International School, Kabojja International School, Mengo Senior Secondary School, Kampala International School Uganda, the experiences, however varied, taught valuable lessons about children and poetry. Babishai Poetricks is a summation of all this.
The Babishai Poetricks toolkit
This is a collection of exercises developed over many visits to schools. The exercises are creative ways of developing a child’s maximum creative potential. Through the various adventures, a child is able to
- Observe and describe
- Tell a story
- Compose a poem through using a new image
- Articulate their individual desires
- Affirm themselves and others
- Work in a team
There are three ways the Babishai Poetricks trainings are run:-
- We conduct Trainer of Trainers for teachers, children’s facilitators, parents and interested individuals. This trainings build the capacity of the trainer, enabling them to use this toolkit and train children. Only certified trainers will be permitted to train under the toolkit and must always present their certificate. Their names will also appear on our website and database for verification.
- For schools that have vast numbers we offer the trainings ourselves. We offer trainings for the 11 adventures. It is not an exercise where marks are given but rather a set of creative life-skills whose experiences are shared and analysed to build the child as an individual. Its aim is for a creative literary experience.
- There are holiday programs for interested parents who desire their children to be part of the Babishai Poetricks experience. Each child will then join the Babishai Poetricks Family and their names will appear on our database. With permission, on our website as well.
- Afterwards, we hold a mini graduation where the children challenge the adults or teachers
- To share the Babishai Poetricks experience in 10 primary schools in Uganda, 10 secondary schools, 10 universities and 10 community spaces (Targeted areas are Kampala, Kabale, Wakiso and Kasese)
- To build a database and website specifically for Babishai Poetricks training information, testimonials, images and future plans
- To train 20 trainers in Uganda
- To form a fully fledged staff
- To acquire office space
- To produce a fully fledged toolkit
- To produce a children’s poetry section in mainstream media
- To produce a children’s and youth’s poetry publication of avant-garde, fresh voices, voices that challenge the status quo
Five year goal:
- To Train at least 50 trainers each in Kenya, Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa
- To build the Babishai Poetricks Family of children in the above-mentioned countries and reach approximately 500 children per country.
- Teacher Rinju, Director of Big Bear Kindergarten:
“This training of training was extremely helpful, practical, very interactive and enables children to really think.”
- Teacher Joyce, Proprietor of Big Bear Kindergarten:
“This is so important because it helps teachers to learn various adaptations to use in their classroom exercises. It is so much broader than what our teacher-centered system provides. It’s a true experience.
- Douglas: Former student of Kitante Hill
I’m a poet and this has given me a lot of encouragement. Thanks for visiting our school. Now I know that I can continue with my dream.
- Victoria Kisarale, Gayaza High School:
This program offers many opportunities for our girls and we’re very excited about it.
- Mbabazi Mpuga: GEMS Cambridge International School
Thanks very much. Our children’s minds have been broadened and we enjoy poetry in the fuller and deeper sense! We had an activity where we put an image on the board and the kids used their imagination to write poetry the result was WOW!!!
I look forward to hearing from you
Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva
Director BN Poetry Foundation
Tel: +256 751 703226
The Launch of Babishai Poetricks, 16th June 2015
PRESS RELEASE-LAUNCH OF BABISHAI POETRICKS, AN EXPERIENCE FOR EVERY CHILD
On 16 June, The Day of The African Child, we launched #babishaipoetricks, the children’s poetry adventure toolkit. Babishai Poetricks is the largest program under the Kampala based Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation. The Foundation runs the annual BN Poetry Award and publishes poetry.
Big Bear Kindergarten Kampala, June 16th 2015-The Day of The African Child
Babishai Poetricks is a toolkit captured in eleven adventures, each of which increases a child’s ability to reach the highest creative and literary potential. By using very interactive exercises, a child engages in creative listening, speaking, describing and introspection. Each exercise enables a child to freely analyse their environments and relate them to their personalities, thus bringing a deeper understanding of themselves. Once they do this, their abilities to use poetry and prose to illustrate and observe are highly sharpened.
Currently, we are conducting Training of Trainers in Uganda and trainings within schools. These are charged at a reasonable fee, given the life-changing exercises. We will also train in Kenya, Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa for the first three years. The Babishai Poetricks toolkit, produced by Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva, Ugandan writer, poet and Founder of the Babishai Niwe Poetricks Foundation is a program that is timeless, memorable and is the essential means for children to grow from where they are to where they can be.
Launching at Big Bear Kindergarten, Ntinda
Teacher Joyce, who underwent a Training of Trainers says,
“This is so important because it helps teachers to learn various adaptations to use in classroom exercises. It is so much broader than what our teacher-centered system provides. It’s a true experience.”
Teachers, Parents and schools are particularly going to benefit from this model as they witness their children growing into articulate and confident wordsmiths, poets, speakers and individuals. Many thanks to Ayodele Olofintuade, a writer from Nigeria and Paul Kisakye, a writer from Uganda, for contributing their invaluable poetry to this toolkit.
Pictures from first Poetricks in Kampala, 2015.
5 year old Keira’s foot.
Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva
Head Trainer and Director Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation
Tel: +256 751 703226