Life is a Song
Life is a Song aims at creating content that will make reading a fun activity for children and their parents.
Children learn more from their peers more than they do from teachers
We use words and pictures to inspire children in thinking outside the box
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
Reading is, more often than not, associated with passing exams. Our idea aims at creating content that will promote integrated learning as well as separate reading from exams.
Currently, many children lack motivation to learn while resources to teach and classes are increasing diminishing by the day, our idea therefore, aims to create a forum that will inspire children to discover the treasure that is within them.
According to a report posted on http://www.jc-hem.org refugees come to the Kakuma Refugee camp for safety reasons due to war, famine, religious persecution. The camp is located in the desert, hundreds of miles from the nearest city. It is a place no one chooses to live, where very few people visit, where it is difficult to leave.
And since children suffer most our initiative aims at changing the effects on children by;
(a). Building the children's self esteem
(b). Promoting creative problem solving
(c). Promoting child to child learning
(d). Improving refugee mentoring
(e). Creating a strong bond between teachers, parents and children
Children often thrive in an environment where they are affirmed and encouraged to become part of the solution
The main beneficiaries of our programme are children, teachers and parents since children will be more inspired to learn and focus on doing the things that will enable them experience purposeful living. The children will also be able to help their own peers, siblings and parents to learn how to solve issues and challenges that they face in their daily lives at the refugee camp
Children who are given the space to play and engage with each other have more chances of living fulfilling lives
Because this will be the first time we are going to engage with children and parents in a refugee camp we plan to pilot our idea by
(a). Creating content
(b). Conduct a survey via email with teacher, parents and children in order to refine content
(c). Engage a group of 10 children in our pilot
Our reading initiative has had considerable feedback from Teresa Njoroge (Founder of Clean Start), Patty Liston (Standing with Boys), John Wollwerth and Tracy Hanson (Next Global Generation Education) who have had the opportunity of meeting and interacting with the children we mentor. Most of the boys we met in juvenile prison as well as children at Five Star Academy (Kangemi) and Dagoretti Girls Rehab have embraced a purposeful life and improved in their academic performance.
Our creative approach in mentoring children by using what we have available has received positive response and we hope to build on this success by working with as many children and young people as possible. Last year, we worked with children in Baragoi and Samburu where we donated books, sew children's torn clothes and replaced buttons.
We hope to receive feedback and contribution from experts on the ground. We have already initiated the process by submitting a survey that will refine our idea.
A boy explores nature at Five Star Academy
Lifesong Kenya celebrates the achievements of young people
Lifesong Kenya donating books to an organization in Kibera
SKILL SHARE (optional)
Expertise I have
Mentorship and motivational speaking
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
I am a TV producer and creative writer who aims at creating a passion for reading and purposeful living in children as opposed to engaging in social vices that don't add value in their lives. As a TV producer my work impacted on the children I met and when I quit my job I founded Lifesong Kenya
IS THIS AN IDEA THAT YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO TAKE FORWARD?
Yes, and I am looking for a partner working with refugee communities to implement this idea.