Puzey May 2008

Name: Catherine Puzey
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Pick up Location: Parakou
Project Description: The goal of this project is to promote the importance of education, children’s rights, and traditional culture by giving primary school children the opportunity to demonstrate and exchange their talents in theatre, dance, music, and poetry.

In honor of the 18th International Day of the African Child, the commune of Ouaké will be hosting a day-long festival. Events will include a parade, cultural demonstrations, a group talent competition, games for the children, and a reception. All primary schools have been invited to enter a team of 10-15 students in the contest. The children will perform in one of four categories: theatre, dance, music, and poetry. Performances will reflect the local culture and be themed around children’s rights and the importance of education. Winners in each category will be awarded a special prize and all participants will receive a cadeau.

Leading up to the actual day, there will be three training events. The first will be by a specialist in traditional arts. He or she will follow weekly practice sessions, offering support and advice to teams on how to improve their performances. The second will be for the benefit of each school’s cultural animator. They will be trained on how best to enrich their school’s cultural activities and promote children’s rights. Ideally, each cultural animator will then return to their schools and share their knowledge with colleagues. Lastly, the weekend before the event a “day of reflection” will be held for parents and teachers on the topic of children’s rights.

GSP funds will cover the prizes and gifts for the participants. Several NGOs from the area and the ministry of culture will be covering the other costs of the project.

Dates of Project: 16 June 2008
Number of People Involved: Organization committee: volunteer and 5 members of the community
Cultural animator training: 10-20 adults
Children’s rights training: 50-100 adults
Day of the African Child event: 100-200 primary school children, 50-100 adults

Item Number Cost
Art Kits 10 12.000
100-page Notebooks 10 Packs 12.500
50-page Notebooks 10 Packs 12.500
Pencils 100 10.000
Erasers 100 5.000
Total 54.500

Amount Requested: 50.000


GAD Coordinator Comments: Sounds like a great project. Recommend funding.

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