Writing. I sincerely believe that it is one of the best ways for someone to express himself (specially for those who like me are not very good at drawing :p). I remember when I was younger, I always wanted to write a book. In fact I started to write some books (yeah several ones) but never finished any one of them maybe due to a lack of inspiration or simply because each time I got new ideas, I thought they were better than the previous ones, and so started a new book. But it always brought me much pleasure when I wrote and I find it a formidable way to express my feelings. Writing puts you in touch with emotions or thoughts you might not be aware of.
Moreover, writing is a form of creativity and can be very useful when you are faced with a problem which you are struggling to solve. Simply put the problem on paper, turn to creativity and let the right side of your brain bring the answer to you. Trust me, it works!
Often, when people write, they tend to hesitate to write some ideas on paper or are afraid of making mistakes. When writing, you should not be judging yourself. Simply let your ideas flow and this can lead to some great level of creativity. Don’t forget that your main aim is not to write gramatically correct texts (of course this is important but only secondary) but rather to express what’s in your mind. And most important of all – write for the fun of it!
Now, I personally believe that letting the children at ELI-Africa express themselves is something really important. That’s why I’ve asked them to use this powerful tool which is their pen to express themselves by writing articles (on any subject they liked) which would be published here on the website. As a starting point, I’ve suggested that they write about the different activities carried out at the centre, about their teachers, their different classes etc. Depending on the children’s response, I am going to post their articles here on a regular basis.
So, here are some articles written by the children of Eli Africa.
In the class 15th March 2012
There is a new teacher who teaches Art and Biology. Her name is Talia and she studies at Northfield International High School. She is a cool teacher. On her first day, she did some interesting activities. She gave us the picture of an elephant and told us to count how many legs it had. It was difficult to count. The aim was to show that perception can lead us wrong and that we should not always believe what we are told but always question reality. After that there was a quiz with questions about flags of different countries. There was also a game called “si to ena ca to rent dan bateau” which was an amazing game. It was a good moment with her and Cedric. I have really enjoyed this moment and hope that she will continue like that.
Maillard Josue Esaie
Aujourd’hui Mercredi le 21/03/12
Mes amies et moi sommes allés au centre d’ELI Africa. Quand nous sommes rentrés nous avons vu Scout et Harry. Vers 4hrs, Scout et Harry ont commencé leur classe. Harry et Scout sont deux nouveaux volontaires Américains. Scout nous enseigne le théâtre et Harry nous enseigne l’Anglais. Scout a commencé sa classe avec un jeu et ensuite Harry a commencé avec une scène. Il nous a appris comment font les acteurs et les actrices. Harry nous a donné à chacun un papier et on s’est mis en paire. Chaque paire avait leur role à jouer et chaque role se déroulait sur différentes émotions. Sa classe a duré environ 35 minutes et la classe était en Anglais. Quand nous avons fini, nous avons joué pendant 15 minutes. Ensuite nous sommes partis à la maison.
The First Day of Talia
Last Thursday, we got a new volunteer named Talia. She was very nice. Talia is seventeen years old and goes to NorthField International High School at Mapou. When she said: “I am the new volunteer”, everybody stared at her because she looked so small. Talia will come to the centre every Thursday.
The first class of Talia was so fun. We played, we laughed and did something that all of us messed up with. She gave us a picture where an elephant had eight feet! The objective of the game was to find the four legs of the elephant which was very difficult. The image mixed up in our head. Then Talia told us that if we wanted to find the legs we had to paint the legs. We somehow finally managed to find them. That was fun when we saw an elephant with eight legs. All the students were amazed of what Talia did. I’m sure that every student loves Talia. She is very friendly and a genius.
Marie Estelle Legrand
La vie à Eli Africa
À Eli Africa c’est comme un paradis. J’ai fais que deux mois là-bas et c’est comme-ci j’avais fait 1 ans. J’ai appris beaucoup de choses et je me suis même fait de nouveaux amis. Les profs sont très cool et sympa avec nous. On apprend plein de trucs et on fait des activités. Le plus important c’est de suivre les règles et de respecter nos amis ainsi que nos profs.