Kite Making Train the Trainer Workshop

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The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), through The Institute of Creative Arts (ICA), and with a grant from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) are inviting you to participate in a Kite Making Train-the-Trainer Workshop.  Kite making and kite flying contests are a very old tradition in Belize.  This year, NICH would like to assist young people in the art of kite making by holding Train-the-Trainer Workshops in several districts throughout Belize.  This project is an initiative of the RESTORE Belize Programme, a crime prevention initiative, which operates directly out of the Office of the Prime Minister.  The mission is "to make Belize a safe, vibrant home for residents through inclusive, multi-sectoral, and citizen-centered action."  It is hoped that this program will capture the interest of youth throughout the country and give them activities to constructively occupy their free time, stimulate their mind, learn team building skills and delight them with a fun activity that was enjoyed by their parents and grandparents many years ago in Belize.

Mr. Glenford Hyde, a Master Kite Maker who lives in Lord’s Bank, has been making and flying kites for over 50 years.  He remembers contests in February and March, “when the winter cold fronts had passed and the spring breeze was perfect for kite flying.”  In order to be ready for kite flying season next spring, we must begin now.  Mr. Hyde will hold Train-the-Trainer Workshops in five locations starting in January, 2012.  Participants will receive a Kite Making Train-the Trainer Manual, and will be provided with the supplies needed to make several types of kites with Mr. Hyde at the workshop.  Additionally, participants will also receive a Manual on how to organize and hold kite festivals and contests in their communities.  Academic activities have been included in the Festival Manual that are designed for children of all ages and can be integrated into school curriculums.  Teachers can use the activities in their art, music, history, geography, mathematics, spelling, writing and reading classes to enhance their curriculum with interesting lessons that relate to kites.

Workshops will be held on the following dates:

January 7, 9am until noon – San Ignacio – SISE House of Culture
January 14, 1pm until 4pm – Belize City – Bliss Centre for Performing Arts
January 21, 1pm until 4pm – Orange Walk - Banquitas House of Culture
January 28, 1pm until 4pm – Corozal – House of Culture
February 4, 1pm until 4pm – Belmopan – George Price Center for Peace and Development
If we get enough interest in the south, we will consider holding a training in Stann Creek or Toledo.  Please contact me if you are interested.

Teachers, church youth group leaders, GLOW Club leaders, sports team and youth group leaders, or other creative and interested adults in your community are the perfect people to attend the training.  In order to maintain sustainability, Peace Corps volunteers are welcome to attend if they bring a counterpart from their community who will carry on the project after they have departed the country.

After the youth make their kites, villages and communities can hold festivals and contests where children can fly their kites and compete in contests.  There will also be a Kite Festival in March in Belize City where children can compete with other children from all over the country.

Please share this information with the people who you think might be interested in attending one of these Train the Trainer Workshops, and are willing to hold a Workshop and Kite Festival and Contest in their community.  Contact Jane House, at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , if you have any questions, or to reserve your spot at a workshop you want to attend with the name(s) of attendees who will be accompanying you.  Space at the workshops is limited to 16 people at each site.

I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to involve the youth in your community in this fun, positive and wonderful Belizean past time.

 

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