A day well spent with Team Nhaka!
On Tuesday the 20th of September, Nhaka Foundation visited Rusike Primary school in Goromonzi, where a follow up workshop was held to train ECD level teachers the importance of Arts and Crafts in the development of children. The workshop was a great success as seven schools attended with over 15 teachers present.
It was inspiring to see all the teachers participating and acknowledging the importance of such a workshop. Some of the teachers were tasked with creating their own crafts from recycled material and it was great to see rag dolls, Zimbabwe’s very own famous wire cars, drums made from plastic and containers, tambourines made from wire and bottle tops and castanets made from wooden planks. Glenda from Nhaka Foundation shared ideas on how to make homemade play doe, homemade glue and homemade paint all made from items found in the kitchen, which is brilliant because it makes all these items safe, even if the children try to taste them as we know how curious children can be. In addition a beautiful Zimbabwean homestead was also made from old toilet rolls, sand and grass (all recycled materials).
It was great to hear the teachers share their recipes for paint using different coloured soils in the area, and recipes for glue using trees in the area. The teachers were very much aware of the importance of Arts and Crafts in the development of a well rounded student. They also shared their own understanding of arts and crafts through a lovely discussion on why we need arts and crafts in schools. I particularly enjoyed sharing my ideas on making jewellery out of straws, magazines and ribbon and sharing the importance of music at ECD level.
After a lovely workshop it was a great pleasure to distribute all the stationary Nhaka Foundation managed to gather for all seven schools. What an amazing initiative by Nhaka Foundation not only have we empowered seven schools with the resources and the knowledge but we have also inspired hundreds of children in the Goromonzi area.
Lets do what we can to support those living in our communities and Nhaka Foundation is walking the talk by being active in the communities.