We are expanding our new project – Our World – to reach children in Gansbaai (where we are talking to the municipal library), Hermanus and Stanford. Each child involved in the project will produce their own book (which they will take home when it is finished) and CBN hopes to produce, and self-publish – and anthology of their ideas, writing, poetry, pictures, maps and photographs. Watch out for further information in News and reports under the Workshop tab.
We will be kick-starting a new season of workshops with a new project called Our World, where we will be looking at the heritage as well as the environment of the children we work with.
The first workshop will be in Stanford on Saturday 23 September, hopefully at Butterfly Centre (to be confirmed). This theme will be spread through workshops in Gansbaai and Hermanus with a view to making a booklet for each participating child – and a book encompassing the whole project. As usual, we will incorporate stories, music, drama, song-writing art and craft activities.
As we did last year, we will be holding a two-day workshop in Hermanus, on 3 and 4 July at Enlighten Education Trust in Zwelihle with a star-studded cast! Blaq Pearl will be working her magic with poetry and song, various people will give input on their work in environmental education and share stories with the children and CBN will provide the solid background of books and stories and the critical importance of reading.
In the first of three April workshops, Stanford children visited Overberg Honey and had an incredible time. Our thanks to Nadia and Daniel for the opportunity and to Nauthando and Aaron for the excellent and informative tour.
Bees and Butterflies are on the programme with a visit to the Overberg Honey Company to create entries for a honey-bee art competition and a workshop at the Butterfly Centre, which could ... just ... feature butterflies!
We are also planning a workshop with Red Hill children later in April – more news on that soon.
CBN has been extremely busy during January with forward planning and toolbox developments – as well as strategic planning meetings. But none of that has meant enough direct contact with children, which is what we are about, after all, so we are looking forward to World Read Aloud Day on 16th February, when we will be doing something locally in Gaansbaai and Stanford.
We have a special new year's message to all of you from friend and founder Gcina Mhlophe
'As a person who has felt the joy of reading a good book again and again, it is my wish to share this special feeling with the children of our country. I wish you light and courage in 2017.'
This month of November sees us nearing completion of the first of three planned toolboxes – and they are even more exciting than we had hoped.
Our workshops are very intense. They can’t be done with hundreds of children at a time. But we wanted to spread our methods to reach more young people – to excite more interest in reading. So we have condensed four years of experience into a marvellous magic box filled with books, stories, ideas, games and activities.
From the outset, CBN has been blessed with friends. This is in every sense of the word – people who listen at dinner parties, people who come along and share their expertise in anything from archaeology to playing the cello, people who donate books; people who give their time to serve on our board. There have also, significantly, been friends who trust us enough to write cheques that enable us to keep working with children.
CBN will, once again, be holding holiday workshops in Stanford during the holidays - and we will be doing more trialling of our toolboxes! Watch this space for more information.