Good communication is essential both in the personal and work life of everyone. The communication skills learnt in the workshops can cross over into many areas. Better skills in this area will improve participant’s level of success, both personally and professionally.
If they can see that they are capable of producing intelligent and imaginative work that they didn’t think they would be able to, what else can they do that they didn’t think they would be able to. It may give them the confidence they need to try things they were afraid to try incase they failed.
Workshops can be therapeutic as they teach people how to express their emotions, experiences and identity through verse. They find their voice and thus become empowered. The ability to express what is inside validates them as people.
How can the workshops help schools with English Literacy?
The content of the workshops assist in promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, through English. The workshops can help to creatively improve key skills, in reading, Listening, writing and group discussions. They can expose young people and children to literature from different cultures and aid the identification of patterns of rhythm, rhyme and sounds in poetry.
How can the workshops help schools with Geography?
Our culturally diverse creative workshops help to stimulate an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. Appreciating the differences and similarities between people, places, environments and cultures to inform their understanding of societies and economies.(African story telling resources) They can show pupils’ how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected.
How can the workshops help schools with Citizenship?
They equip students to engage critically with and explore diverse ideas, beliefs, cultures and identities and the values we share as citizens in the UK. The workshops can address issues relating to social justice, human rights, community cohesion and global interdependence, and encourages students to challenge injustice, inequalities and discrimination. They explore the diverse national, regional, ethnic and religious cultures, groups and communities in the UK and the connections between them. The workshop assists schools to address their statutory duty to promote community cohesion.
Recent workshop projects
Chanje collaborated with the Manchester Museum, the Whitworth Art Gallery and the Harris Museum and Art gallery as part of the ‘Who Cares Project’. This is a research study initiated by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) designed to measure the impact that museums have on health and wellbeing. Creative writing courses inspired by objects within the Manchester Museum’s collection were delivered to a range of participants including young people and adults with mental health problems, hospital in-patients and people living in homeless shelters. UCLAN researchers have been observing the workshops and a report of their findings is due for completion in March 2011.
During Black History Month Chanje delivered workshops and performances celebrating black history throughout Lancashire including work at Garth Prison and Kirkham Prison. The workshops offered opportunities through creative means for black inmates to reflect on their own cultural heritage. Workshops also took place at several libraries throughout Lancashire including Preston, Leyland, Chorley, Fleetwood and Oldham aiming to promote racial cohesion within each of the areas.
Chanje runs the poetry workshops and the African storytelling sessions. She also does performances for Children and adults. Her workshops show people by example, that anything can be overcome and that ambition breeds success. She uses life experiences and strong academic background, to motivate people to aim higher.