Dancing Pencils is Inviting Sponsors for Literacy Project

Dancing Pencils Mentors and Board members, Mariam Akorbar, Veena Gangaram, Vera Catleman, Ayanda Hlabisa (PRO), Felicity Keats (Founder) and Yasmin Jamal. Missing in the picture is: Patricia Devernish, Sanelisiwe Khowa and Deigel Detlev.

WHO WE ARE

Felicity Keats Morrison is an author, writer, teacher, editor and is an expert in non judgmental, non critical right brain creative writing. She has discovered the secret of accessing the right brain which she passes on to Mentors and learners in her training’s.

In 2011, she was given a Living Legends Award by eThekwini Municipality for Academics and services rendered nationally. .  She also is partner with the KZN Premier in his Priority Projects, the aim being to upraise literacy levels in rural areas particularly. This took place in 2011/2012, providing training for 400 teachers/schools and 1000 learners in deep rural areas.

 With this track record, her small team of professionals are ready to train and support teachers and learners in 100 schools in township areas of KwaZulu Natal transferring to them the skills of right brain writing and implementing these skills in these chosen areas

HOW FELICITY OPERATES

In each area, a skills transfer takes place for 5 schools who provide one teacher each.on day one. These new Mentors are shown how to empower themselves through the use of their right brains and how to impart this knowledge to learners. They find out how to start a Dancing Pencils Writing Club in their schools, with publication of an anthology of stories written by members of their school writing clubs, as an outcome. This happens on an annual basis, at a large Dancing Pencils Book Launch. This is an exciting occasion for the learners who grow in confidence and self esteem through the publication of their work.

This Mentor training is followed by a second day when each teacher returns with 5 learners from his or her school. These children may come from the primary schools or the high schools. They are given the skills of right brain writing and are taught how to create atmosphere, bring characters to life, and to write and illustrate their own original stories. This is a life skill and will help in other subjects.

At the training on day one, teachers will be given a set of training manuals covering grades R-3, 4-9 and 10 – 12. This facilitates lesson preparation as a right brain approach requires a paradigm shift.

This is an on-going project. The next phase, within the next six months to a year is to select from each training, one or two of the best mentors and train them as Master Mentor Trainers. This allows the knowledge gained to be spread widely to other schools in that area as this Trainer now can train teachers and large groups of children.

We also anticipate spreading this project to the Northern Cape in the year 2014 with which we thrived since some of anthologies came out but due to financial challenges collapsed. we wish to revive all our writing clubs through sponsorship and willing partners and communities involvement in the project.

 

Dancing Pencils Communications Division

Ayanda Hlabisa

079 256 6725

031 464 1556

espiceziti91@gmail.com

info@dancingpencils.co.za

 

 

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