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Real, Quezon
06.2007
Real, Quezon

It was one full day of storytelling and art activities for scholars of Infanta Integrated Community Development Assistance, Inc. (ICDAI), a community-based NGO which has adopted communities in Quezon, assisting them in sustainable agriculture, small enterprise development, local governance, natural resource management, and community organizing.

ICDAI wanted their older scholars and other volunteers to be a little more equipped with various techniques and activities so they could run summer workshops for the younger kids. For this, they turned to RockEd volunteers to provide a training workshop to help them achieve their purpose.

Meah handled the morning session with a fun-filled storytelling method that had participants listening to the story, role playing it, learning from it, and finally making their own storybooks!

Tags, Patrese and Mica (all education majors; yes, they're still in school) then divided the participants into three groups for the afternoon storytelling session. After that, they took turns in providing different art activities that children can use. Mica showed them how to write love letters to their parents using their own hands. Tags taught them how to use songs to encourage children's creativity. Patrese told a story and drew random drawings on the board. This way, children realize that they can create their own stories, complete with illustrations, and come up with a large piece of "artwork."

The students were very eager in listening to the various techniques and guidelines for effective storytelling. Not only did

they became recepient of information, but they were able to demonstrate and storytell themselves. This made the event even more exciting and wondrous! Each of the students has their unique way of delivering and interpreting the stories. One sounded like Lola Basyang; a 9-year old kid read a story like she was talking to baby. There were even some who used the chairs as props to make the storytelling session even more meaningful. The process had been a two-way experiential learning for everyone.

At the end of the sessions, the scholars showed their appreciation by clapping for us -- angel clap, lets go clap, macho clap, sexy clap.

To cap the day, one of the best parts was when we received our honoroarium: uraro and a bunch of tiny sweet suman for each of us. YUMMY!!!

Text: Ani Almario
Photos: Meah See-Holimen

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