Sunday, 3 October 2010
P.E.A.C.E. Project commences with excitement
(Peace Education, Arts and Cultural Empowerment).
The project kicked of with four schools participating and it was an awesome time as we had over 40 students in attendance.
One of the highlight of the project was the excitement in the face of the students as they came into the hall for the commencement of the project. One of the objective is to use culture and arts to foster peace and teach the message of peace.
This week the students were taught the basics of creative arts and essay writing. They were taught by Lemuel David-Ogaga a fine art student of University of Benin, Lucky Ogumah the project director of Dare 2 Dream Youth Initiative a creative gifted artist and Ese Erakpotobor a student of College of Education Warri, who taught them the basics of Essay writing. All the teachers are volunteer workers with Dare 2 Dream Youth Initiative and are fully part of the project.
The students next week would have a competition amongst themselves on how they can promote peace through their arts and the best essay writer would also be given an award.
The Cultural troupes of the school would also participate in the competition; this is to encourage the use of culture in our schools and amongst our students
The students were excited about the project as for a long time as opposed to inter school fights they are now seeing positive competition amongst themselves and at the same time, working on their creative arts skills.
Principals of the students that attended were so happy with the project and they want us to make it an annual event, as more schools are interested in participating in the project.
Ogaga E. Maxwell
E.D Dare 2 Dream Youth Initiative
Warri, Delta State, Nigeria