This week we had visitors at HOPE Project. I asked my students last week what they’d like to do when they come and the resounding answer was drama. Skits are very popular here as a part of story-telling, competitions or part of events where drama groups get paid for sharing a skit with a certain message.
These skits often have serious subject matter, although they can also have a bit of comedy. What I find interesting is how the students’ drama reflects what they experience. Violence is portrayed as a way to resolve disagreements, which I suppose is all too common in Western entertainment as well.
The two drama performances had the themes of the dangers of drug use and the importance of education. I was impressed with the number of scenes the children came up with and the layers of issues that came up in the performances: trust, respect for elders (or lack of it with elders without formal education), student bullying and even students’ hygiene!
|The Primary Students’ Performance – Scene 1 – Unknowing parents give money to their children for drugs|
|Scene 4 – Crying about being misunderstood|
|The closing scene – All ends well when a neighbor pays the fine for the children.|
Some issues are not easy to resolve in a 15 minute play!
|Moving to our second drama, by the high school students. “Fredrick” right, faces off with his father.|
|The other students were captivated.|
|Our stage is the foyer outside the project office (and the restrooms).|
|The drama included a Parent-Teacher’s meeting – which revealed a lot about how my students perceive these meetings – and their relationships with their guardians.|
|Overall, it was a good show!|
|Our last performance was a beautiful solo about how far education will take you.|
After the drama performances, we divided into groups to have reading circles with our guests – as all took turn reading aloud and learning new words – one of the techniques we are using to help improve our student’s vocabulary and reading confidence.
|Mary helping two of our girls choose which book to read.|
|Shirley sharing a story about Patch, a horse.|
|Jane reading about Junie B. Jones’ adventures.|
|Fr Bill and the boys read a story about smugglers!|
|We then divided into two groups to visit the homes of two of my students.|
|We had an encore performance by one of my student’s younger sister.|
|A family I am proud to have supported.|
|Thanks to our visitors for coming and reading with us!|
I’m happy to report that the books that our visitors helped us start are continuing in our daily reading circles. I have six recent high school graduates who were supported by the project and are now volunteering with us. They are even helping the students with new words and spelling words! I love it! And I hope it helps our young ones learn to love to read.