July 17-20, 2017
The intent of this program is to offer these kids a chance to flex their creative muscles through various activities involving the arts, acting, and building challenges, while providing the teachers with resources to stimulate this kind of thinking on a long-term basis.
Using the creative exercises developed and fine tuned by this program, we are going to build out this website (www.kreyatif.org) as a way to get our content in front of any teacher in Haiti who wants to stimulate this kind of learning in their students.
Here is our plan for the week.
Monday & Tuesday: Teacher Training
We are going to offer a two day professional development workshop for Haitian teachers. In this workshop, teachers will learn why creative thinking is so important for young minds and strategies for integrating creativity in the classroom. As a group, we will also walk through all of the games and exercises the kids will experience so the teachers can confidently facilitate them.
Wednesday & Thursday – Creative Camp
The kids will gather for two days of creative bliss as the teachers lead them in small group creative problem solving challenges, art projects, drama exercises, and other creative endeavors.
In the months leading up to the trip, our team will plan out twenty creative challenges for the kids to experience at Creative Camp. These activities can involve engineering, art, acting, team problem solving, and other creative endeavors.
On the days before Creative Camp, with the help of some wonderful translators, we’ll have a chance to join approximately 15 Haitian teachers in the exercises as we discuss the key learning principles around creativity.
At the actual Creative Camp, the Haitian teachers will lead most of the activities. Partnered with a translator, our US volunteers will focus on spending time with the kids, acknowledging their work, giving them attention, and encouraging them.
The team is actively seeking individuals and companies who would like to help sponsor the cost of the materials, food, translators, and other. You can make a tax deductible donation through the DonorBox page for the American Friendship Foundation.
This post is also available in: Kreyòl (Haitian Creole)