Children arts workshop set for August


HARARE – Children from various institutions will converge at the Kabin in Kensington, Harare, for a three-day arts and skills workshop during the August holidays.

Dubbed Kids In front of the Camera (Kifoc), the workshop which will run from August 5 to 7, will focus on developing children’s communication, interaction and arts skills.

Kifoc coordinator Baverly Mathison is delighted with the buzz her initiative has created among children she has trained on the arts.

“Many of the children that I train always want to come back for other workshops because it is a fun and exciting way of learning the arts,” Mathison told the Daily News.

“We have an evaluation at the end of each programme and I am glad that we are fulfilling expectations.

“We are expecting more than 25 children to participate in drama, singing, dance, photography and modelling. The children come from private and government schools, and various other institutions,” she said.

The Kifoc director added that children keen to take part in the workshop should pay $50 which covers the whole programme.

“All participating children are also required to pay $50 for the three days. They should be between the ages of six and 16. We urge all parents to make sure children are wearing comfortable gear and also bring a snack pack,” she said.

Mathison told the Daily News that her professional calling in social work has motivated her come up with programmes targeting children.

“I am a social worker and I also come from the arts. I have always had a passion for children and my objective is to inspire and educate them while have fun.

“Some of the children end up pursuing careers in arts. Most of the children are shy when they first come but it is encouraging that most of them leave the workshop confident and smart,” she said.

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