Babishai Poetricks Creative Children’s Christmas party

The Babishai  Poetricks team held their first children’s Christmas party under the theme of Children, Creativity and African Christmas. Held on 18th December 2015 in Mpererwe, the residence of Mrs. Betty Mugoya, a horticulturalist, about ten children gathered for five hours of poetry and party.

The three Poetricks members, Nambozo Daniellorah, Robert Ssempande and Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva started with Babishai Poetricks, doing rhyming schemes, matching colours to moods, word play, poetry and sound and anecdotes.

poetricks 2After that, the event stretched to animal imitations, chain stories, opening crackers and making very long paper chains of about 25 yards.

 

It was delightful to see the children expand their imaginations. They joined in pairs and raced around the garden as part of a rhyming scheme game, made silly faces to bring out confidence and character and much more. We ended by sharing African based Christmas poems and holding a large special children’s barbeque. Our next party will be held as an Easter creative for children on April 2nd.

 

Babishai Poetricks holiday session.

During the first week of the Kampala children’s Christmas holiday December 2015, Robert Ssempande and Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva spent three days engaging children in Babishai Poetricks. With six children in total, they began by outling their faces, including features like hair, earrings, teeth and so on. From each picture, the children commented on their friend’s photos, talking about the mood depicted, friendliness,  uniqueness of facial features, thus appreciating one another’s differences.

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Next, was matching colours to moods which interestingly brought varied and unexpected responses, proving once again the under-estimated intelligence of children and their power of observation. Using the five senses of sight, hearing, feeling, smelling and tasting, the children navigated poetic devices and eventually composed poems about their favourite animals, which they themselves named and created stories from.

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.

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Babishai Poetricks training in Kampala-December 2015

Vision:

A society of children and youth using poetry and spoken word to articulate, communicate and create.

Mission:

To increase the reading and creating of poetry amongst children and youth in Africa

Objectives:-

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

Introduction:

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.

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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

One-year goal:

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.

Testimonials:

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
Email: babishainiwe@babishainiwe.com

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva
Head Trainer and Director Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation
Email: babishainiwe@babishainiwe.com
Tel: +256 751 703226