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In a journey to shape Communities-Girl child Voices Fiesta /100tpc 2013 season

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Introduction and Scope- the project is run coinciding with the 100 Thousand Poets for Change co-founded by Michael Rothenberg Poet, Critic and Terri Carrion, poet and editor, as well Creative Projects Experts in United States. The project is run in more than 100 countries around the world including Zimbabwe. Mbizo Chirasha is the Coordinator of this event in Zimbabwe through GirlchildCreativity Project. The Zimbabwean 100 Thousand Poets for Change is run as GirlchildVoices Fiesta in Zimbabwe third Saturday of September each year.
GirlchildCreativity Project was asked to be part of this program because they are working hard to develop, motivate and inspire young girls to define their voices, find their space the creative, arts and literary prowess. The Young girls are identified in schools, dropouts, children homes and other youthful communities they are mentored through artistic seminars, close up with their role models and performances programs, check, www.girlchildcreativity.blogspot.com, girlchildcreativity project on face book and girlchildcreativity photo stream on flikr.com for more information and past events.
2013 Theme-
Defining Girl Child Voices through Artistic Fusion.
Main Objective -
to make young girls realize their potentials and use their potential to create positive space and voices for themselves and communities.
Target groups
- Young talented girls and boys in Schools.
2013 Implementation Method- 3 orientative, motivational, identification and skills development and inspirational workshops will be held in 3 different schools that include Morgan High, Vainiona High and Budiriro3 and Glen View Primary schools- Mentors of this workshops will include a seasoned photographer, a seasoned female visual artist, Mbira workshop and storyteller and writer and these seminars will done both in practice and they are participatory and they will be under a video shoot to prepare a visual video mobile exhibition that will be shown on the last official day of the Voices Fiesta. Poems, photographs and artistic works will be selected for an official exhibitions and recitals on the 8th of October 2013 . Such will coincide with feedback seminar between students, media and guests to the final event.

Programming-
02 October – 2pm -4pm Budiriro 3 Primary School- Workshop on story telling and poetry Writing – by Aeron Chiundura Moyo- the facilitator will read his stories and poetry and partake participants in a practical writing skills session.
03 October -2pm -4pm- Vainona High School
Photography , writer s workshop- by Shoes Lambada [ Writing]and Cresha [Photograghy]- the facilitators will also pass writing skills and how you can fuse writings and photography in a bide to create photo poetry and photo stories.
04 october- 2pm-4pm- Morgan High School
Visual Arts practical workshop, Performance Poetry and Mbira- Zanele Mutema, Mbizo Chirasha and a Mbira musician-participants will be taken through a journey of visual arts inspirational process, the creativity and resonance of Mbira music and your voice in performance poetry leading to a visual, musical poetry experience
08- October -530-730 pm-First Floor Gallery
Grand Fiesta day-Small exhibition of poetry/visual works produced during workshops, story and poetry presentations by participants and young guest poets, Discussion forum/Press talk by organizers, facilitators and participants with Guests.
Facilitators, Team and Motivating Artists in the Programme

Karen Magunda [20 yrs] – Guest of Honor on the Grand Fiesta

Young girl of 20 years pf age ,grew up in Mufakose .She finished high school at Roosevelt high
and she is first year student at Midlands State University. She is a song writer, choreographer and singer.She founded FAM in 2012 – a Foundation Arts Movement mentoring ,promoting and marketing young artists.She destined for greater heights .

Mbizo Chirasha

- the Fiesta Curator and Coordinator/ Zimbabwe Producer of 100 Thousand for Change. He is a perfoming poet , widely travelled , extensively published globally.He is the Founder of many literary and creativity intiatiatives in Zimbabwe . He is the Founder of GirlChildCreativity and its Creative Director.

Kudzai Mutiti

- Assistant Fiesta Coordinator, a second year social studies student at the University of Zimbabwe. She is endowed with passion , maturity and drive. She have also worked with IIFF international Images Film Festival 2013 as a venue manager and discussant.

Tariro Kambasha-Grand Fiesta Presenter

a Young singer of 21 years with a dream to reach dizzy hieghts , a singer of dancehall , presenter and budding film maker as well as an advocate of GirlChild.

Aeron Chiundura Moyo- Writing and Story Facilitator
- Veteran broadcster , film maker , writer , faciltator with more 20 radio and TV plays under his belt . He is a widely published writer poet with 17 published novels and plays. Many of his books are being considered in the Zimbabwean Educational curriculum.

Zanele Mutema- Visual Arts Facilitator

- Resilient upcoming visual artist , graduate of Visual arts from Harare Poly.She produce inspring work of art. Her have graced a number of Exhibitions in Europe and First Floor Gallery Harare.

Kresiah Destiny Mkwazhi- Photography Facilitator

- student of Photography at National Arts Gallery Visual Arts School.
The young girl possess vast dreams in developing mesmerizing art of photography.
Rob Shoes Lambada- Poetry Writing Facilitator

Poet , writer ,organizer and Coordinator for the Zimbabwe Poets for Human Rights. Resident coordinator of SOLARNET international , advocate of human rights. Recorded poet and well travelled poet , he was in Germany , India , South Africa , Senegal and more.

Synodia Masinyani- Vainona High Writers Club Teacher

She have passion of talent development, she leads the school into a deep and creative artistic hub hosting artists and writers. She and her school participated in a number of Literary Events.

Pamela Murambiwa

- An avid, a graduate of Library Science at Harare Poly, leading the reading club at Budiriro3 Primary school. She have attended a number of Literacy and Literary workshops, seminars and conferences. She was part of the organizing team of the 2012 international schools libraries day.

First Floor Gallery- Venue Facilitators

-artistic center that have showcased a number of exhibitions, official events and discussions. It have promoted a number of exchanges. Since they opened they conducted exchanges programs with American, Germany, Dutch and Italian Artists. This is fast growing cultural and artistic center.

United States Public Affairs Section- Grant Facilitator

-Popular cultural, public ,media and educational diplomacy and exchange Section in the Embassy of America in Zimbabwe . Have hosted a lot of public diplomacy and education programs. Developmental ,media and arts seminars. The section has organized a number of visiting and developmental arts exchange. They have supported a number of innovative initiatives with Grants.

Day 1 GirlChildVoices Fiesta Activity Update

Budiriro3 Primary School with Legendary Shona Writer Aoron Chiundura Moyo
ShonaLiterary legend, Novelist, Writer, Poet, Filmmaker and Dramatist Aaron Chiundura Moyo opened the Girl Child Voices Fiesta – 100TPC 2013 with a bang at Budiriro3 Primary school in the high density suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe today from 215 pm to 430 pm.
The 2013 program is hive of activities with the theme Defining girlchildVoices through Artistic Fusion, shaping artistic skills and development girl child talent in schools and bring them for final day to celebrate what they created in workshops and receive certificates to motivate and inspire them horning their creativity.
Chiundura opened his facilitation by saying “ndainzi Matanda mufirimu ndabvezera” .He acted in1989 with the Great Ambuya Mlambo. He told participating primary school children that the role of the writer, poet and actor is to expose community rot, corruption, child abuse and other abnormalities like drug abuse and unwanted pregnancies.
He narrated vividly his life background which Is a trailblazer and mesmerizing, that he grew in farms where he was working, he stated grade 1 at 15 years old, and living under difficult circumstances in poor and down trodden families but all this led him to be the best creative he wanted to be, that create the super shone writer of 15 shona novels on which some of them where set books in schools, he says today some ministers and top people, business man and bankers learnt some of his books in school, books include CHEMERA MUDUNDUNDU, ZIVA KWAWAKABVA, KURIDZA NGOMA NEDEMO,WAKANDIBAYA PANYAMA NHETE.The prominent writer have also delved into children books writing.
The participating students were happy, motivated and excited to meet the Legendary Shona Literature Chekov of Zimbabwe in person, his deep, fertile, well thought folklores and tales brought the Budiriro3 Primary Library down with creative creative joy.
He intertwined his Nganos, readings with an sharp resonating instrument CHIPENDANI, the one he claim was made by his father in Zimbabwean farms of Kwekwe, children went dancing when this homemade traditional instrument was whistled that supported our theme Defining GirlChildVoices through Artistic Fusion.
After the pen whistle/CHIPENDANI and Storytelling Legend Moyo led Children in impromptu writing skills session and the outcome of the writings will be featured on grand fiesta on the 8th of October with other schools, guests , reporters at First Floor Gallery in Harare, further enhancing child participation and promotion as well as motivation. The stories created by students who were from the range of 10 to 13 years were of high quality and of good taste.
Present at the event was Pamela Murambiwa the Librarian and Writers Club Coordinator at Budiriro3 Primary School, Mrs Makolama Library Club Member,Mr Sakutukwa, Mbizo Chirasha, Kudzai Mutiti of GirlchildCreativity Project. The Program was also graced by the Deputy Head of the School.
Children who participated were chosen because of their quest to write, prove their talent and their ardency readership culture at their school and werechosen from different classes
Rumbidzai Ganda in Grade 6 Green /12 years, Mitchell Kanguru 7 Blue/13 years, Ronald Ndalama 7Blue/13 years, Larrisa Chirasha 4 Orange/10 years, Mitchell Museredza 5Blue/11 years, Esther Yobe 6BLUE/12 YEARS,Simbarashe Gatsi 5 Blue/11YEARS, Caroline Mawondo 6blue/12 Years, Donald Sakutukwa 5Green/11 years.
These children will participate on the Festival at First Floor Gallery on the 8th of October.
We appreciate the role that is being played by the American Embassy Public Affiars section in facilitating grants for such, Great thanks 100TPC for involving us in annually activities that promote the poetic/story creative energy, the Zimbawean media, schools and Friends, our next port of call is at Vainona High in Borrowdale with Shoe Lambada Poet and Kresiah Mkwazhi photographer will be kleading a working on writing, poetry/photograghy fusion.

DAY 2 Press and Public update- Vainona High School
GirlchildVoices Fiesta -100TPC 2013 Season

Thursday the 4th of October saw a delegation of highly talented young Zimbabweans. Kresiah Destiny Mkwazhi [Photographer and Visual Artist], Mbizo Chirasha [Coordinator and Project Curator], Robson Shoes Lambada [Prominent Young Poet, writer and Coordinator of Zimbabwe Poets for Human Rights], Kudzai Mutiti[Assistant Coordinator] arriving at Vainona high school during mid day to meet their host Ms Synodia Masinyani the patron of the Writers Club at Vainiona and 12 female participants to take part in Photo –Poetry-Writing Skills and motivational workshops facilitated by Shoes Lambada and Kresiah Mkwazhi.
Upon arrival Mbizo Chirasha narrated the important of the mission and the whole scope of the project.
Shoes Lambada gave a classic lecture and presentation on issues that have to deal with poetry composition, aspects of poetry writing, clichés and basics on performance poetry. He ended his mesmerizing lecture with his string Shona Poem Tariro Mwanasikana Tarira. Participants proved their satisfaction by participating fully during the proceedings.
Kresiah brought a very new participatory dimension in a photography skills and motivational presentation. She narrated her journey in the arts industry and that she was happy to be studying Fine Arts at the National Gallery Arts School. She challenged students to explain what they think photography is and why it is important.
The participants were given inspirational time and were taught practical in handling a camera and focus. Whilst writers concentrated on writing their poetry peaces to be coordinated with photographs for the exhibition on the 8th of October at the First Floor Gallery. So this will be a Photo poetry exhibition, poetry, story performances and testimonials to be given as feedback of the creative ,fusion , skills development and motivational workshops.
The day ended with hope and results of what was expected. The facilitators touched the souls and creative minds of children. It is important for writers, poets and artists to engage students regularly as extra -curriculum programs that will assist them to realize their potentials, shape the future of their talents and we create then a creative community.
The program was made possible by The American Embassy Public Affairs Section through small community grants Program

DAY 3 OF 100TPC -Girlchild Fiesta 2013 season with students from Vision and Good news Colleges our venue is First Floor gallery with students numbering to 25 participants- having a practical writing skills session defining creative processes , idealizing and capturing situations and finding solutions through our literary prowess,.www.girlchildcreativity.blogspot.com

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October was a stimulating month for Girlchildcreativity and 100 Thousand Poets for change . We partnered to celebrate the Sept/October program . Thanks to the facilitators , schools , American Embassy for the grant , First Floor Gallery for the official program venue, Harare news for the media relations.

Mbizo Chirasha
International Perfomances Poet, Writer ,Creative/Literary Projects Specialist
Founder/Creative Director- Girlchildcreativity Project

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