Monday, May 30, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
3 weeks to go!
In 3 weeks I will leave Canada to deliver the following program to the children, artists and childcare workers of Swaziland, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Ghana!
THE EMPOWERED AFRICAN CHILD (EAC)CONFERENCE and the Empowered Noah Child ( ENC) Conference is a National Conference organized and directed by me in association with my non-profit organization, THE BIG LITTLE CARAVAN of JOY (BLCJ). The goal of this conference is to embody the spirit of the performing arts, as well as Swazi Culture and play, in order to give rise the the true spirit of the young African child. It is created and designed specifically to empower childcare workers through the performing arts, and the power of creative play so that the young child can benefit in the future. THE EAC will meet the needs for all child care workers, NGOs and educators inspiring them to connect to the child in the most effective, creative way possible.
The intention in the end is to empower and instill a sense of joy and confidence in each and every Swazi child. The EAC Conference will utilize the countries’ best performing artists, educators, government officials, NGOs and celebrities to create a strong voice in the investment of the African Child. Culminating with a great performances by world renowned performing artists, the conference will be a model around the globe on innovative ways to reach a child population that is in desperate need of joy. It is through this important dialogue with PERFORMING ARTISTS, EDUCATORS, NGOs and CHILD CARE WORKERS that child spirit will prevail and thrive in the future!
In addition to the scheduled conferences and meetings, the conference will also showcase performances with professional and child troupes from around Swaziland, which will serve as a grand reminder of the talent and gifts that the country has to offer. It will also put into place future arts based education for marginalized communities including: psychosocial support for orphans and vulnerable children through the Swazi, artists residency programs and follow-up residencies, creative arts camps, and local skills capacity development for educators, community care workers, and local African artists.
Without the help of US AID, PEPFAR, NOAH SOUTH AFRICA, FRIENDS OF NOAH CANADA, BEDFORD PARK PLAYERS, SUMMERHILL PLAYERS, KRISTI HEROLD, KEVIN SULLIVAN, NICKY POTTER and many other generous donors this journey would not be possible!
Conference topics will include:
The Power of the Arts The Performing Arts and HIV Education: Does it Work?
Creativity and the Child
Bullying and Ways to Stop It
Teaching the Academics through the Arts
What is Child Spirit?
A Dream for the Future; A dialogue with Artists, NGO’s and Educators
Simple Songs to Delight the Child
Culture and its Impact on Community
Clowning and Humour as a Tool for Educating the Child
Art as Psycho/Social Therapy Stress
Reducing Techniques for the Educator, Child Care Worker and Performing Artist
Indigenous Culture and its Impact on Community
Count down begins! 20 days before departure!