How To Host A Wochipoda Event

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A poem is playing with many words which gives many giggles after a happy day or not so happy day. ~ Gloria D. Gonsalves

Goal 4 of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is Quality Education. Poetry can contribute to relevant skills of reading and writing. Poetry can teach children in a way that prose can’t. A student who hates essay might like its shorter cousin, poem. School might be a place for the brain only and poetry can help bringing in the emotional part to build resilience. Now you know, I hope you will consider organising a Wochipoda event, with a global goal in mind.

  1. Identify the target group e.g. school children, orphans, the sick in hospital, street children, community children, etc.
  2. Decide on the number you can manage to host.
  3. Choose a hosting location e.g. at the beach, event hall, private home, etc. Will you need to rent a venue?
  4. If you are not familiar with poetry writing, reach out to a local/international poet or a poetry teacher to co-host with you.
  5. Poems can be in any style, about anything and in any language. The internet has ample information on poetry styles for children e.g. cinquain, clerihew, diamond, etc.
  6. Feel free to improvise or replace the idea of fire/lanterns.
  7. Consider seeking sponsorship to cover some or all expenses e.g. renting venue, venue set up, poster production, etc.
  8. Involve the local media for promotion and coverage.
  9. Promote the event by crediting the host/ess accordingly e.g. “Fun Poetry Club presents WoChiPoDa 2016”. Credit the founder of WoChiPoDa as deemed appropriate.
  10. For more details visit www.wochipoda.com
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