Well, its been some time now that I have embarked on an amazing journey that is ELI Africa. After my interview, I was quickly swept into another kind of world: that of helping those who have less opportunity than us. Having some power to do so really gives an invigorating feeling. Not only was I selected as a volunteer, but I also got the chance to be appointed as the Programme Officer!
Soon work started: executive board meetings every week and planning things at home. I also go to the centre each week and there I can see sweet students who have a thirst for knowledge and this encourages me even more to assist them.
The main idea for my programme is to make children aware that they can have multiple intelligences (linguistic, logical, bodily kinesthetic, spatial, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalist) and that everyone is a GENIUS in his/her own way. I hope that this will bring them better confidence to strive for more and encourage them to put in effort to achieve success, in whatever they do.
So for my class, I prepare activities that involve one or two types of intelligences. During one session,( which made me realise the talent of a particular student- continue reading and you’ll see!) the students had to write down their thoughts and feelings about what ELI Africa means to them. The writing part was quite easy but then they also had to arrange their writing as lyrics in a song that they know and sing it.
Many were uneasy which was understandable since they had to express what they really feel in their work and also because of the singing. (:p) But I appreciate everyone’s effort to have participated in the activity and for those who tried to sing: thank you! Because then a fabulous thing happened. Estelle, a really enthusiastic girl, out-shined the others in that task. Her writing and singing were just fantastic! She chose the Titanic music- ‘My heart will go on’ by Celine Dion- to interpret her work. The whole class went down to silence when she started singing and we all appreciated the beauty of it. Hats off to her!
One of the reason I am doing activities pertaining to the multiple intelligences is to discover new talents. To help children know what they are capable of. Seems like it is paying off!
Every student at the centre does have a particular talent, I am sure of it. So if you are reading this dear ELI Africa students, know that each of you has a genius in you. It may not be musical, but still there are many many other fields to explore. Cheers!
I leave you with Estelle’s lyrics:
My first day I came here with my
friend during my free time.
Day by day, it became serious.
Here I can improve my knowledge.
Make friends which later become my family.
Through the centre I can see the world.
For me its not a centre, its my house
My world is the centre.
Everyone helps another.
We said that when there is a will
there is a way.
And I will come to find my way.
Everyone here finds its way
We know that we are a genius.
In Eli Africa there is no different classification
This centre helps me in many ways
In education and friendship.
I will support it forever
This is my house.