With a good background of successful activities GirlChild Creativity continues to shine with a good line-up consisting of myriad activities that continue to strengthen and motivate the creative spark in girls and young female artists in Zimbabwe.
The month of August ended on a high note with the last weeks full of life and activity. We saw the launch of the Hatcliffe cluster at Premier College and the attendance could only be described as mesmerizing. The students were eager to be part of the proceedings and gave long scintillating performances of their poetry. It was a joy to listen to the vibrating voices of music rising from both male and female students of the college. The male students were there to support their counterparts, the girls, in their art. In attendance were Premier College staff, including the headmaster Mr. Jon Motsi and our cluster manager at Premier College Ms Rebecca Simawo.
Also in attendance to launch the event were government officials, artists including a new Afro-fusion all-female sensation, the band Milopi. The GirlChild Creativity team was heavily represented by Creative Director/Founder Mbizo Chirasha, branding executive Ruvimbo Mtasa, special projects assistant Kudawashe Shambira, logistics operative Tinashe Nguluve as well as the artists and outreach executive Tinashe Mpofu.
To officially launch the cluster the current Miss Teen Tourism Runyararo Kache was there to motivate the female students. She encouraged the girls at Premier College to follow their dreams and work hard to improve their talent.
This wonderful event was followed by another well-publicized and well-attended activity, the GirlChild Creativity Discussion Forum, in Gweru. The theme was “The Role of Creativity in Developing the Girl Child”. To explore the topic was Extra Blessing Kuchera, a projects officer at Pamberi Trust. He touched on the role Pamberi Trust plays in working with and developing female artists. The founder and producer of GirlChild Creativity Mbizo Chirasha spoke on the importance of fostering and nurturing creativity in the girl child. Mrs. Vhiriri, a lecturer in the department of Ethnomusicology at Midlands State University, touched many hearts when she talked passionately about the essence and social impact of cultural stereotypes and the need to continue empowering the young girl and young woman so she can realize her talent and use it for the benefit and upliftment of the community she lives in.
The September season of GirlChild Creativity is packed with events geared at self-definition and talent discovery because the GirlChild Creativity project for 2011 is about discovering talent and defining that talent. We will be having the following programs:
The Wedza Ruzane Secondary School cluster launch that will combine a workshop and poetry prize program.
The “Creativity as a Human Right” discussion forum at the Book Cafe that will see different creativity advocates exploring their views on this subject.
The Verses of Hunger/Somalia orientation workshop by artists, humanitarians, youth and child advocacy organizations. The end result of this event will be a poetry anthology of verses for Somalia. It is a form of creative social responsibility meant to help starving children in Somalia.
Other events will include cluster motivational workshops, visiting of clusters as well as “Meet the Writer/Artists Sessions” and the launch of the Hopely School cluster on the 15th of September.
The publicity team will send pictures and images of the events in due course especially those of the Premier College launch and the discussion forums.
Also please check and comment on our Facebook page GirlChildCreativity Project as well as our blog www.girlchildcreativity.blogspot.com
We will keep you posted on other developments as they happen.
By Rumbidzai Marangwanda