World Children’s Poetry Day (WoChiPoDa) 2014
Idea is born
A photo by Paulo Coelho from one of his Saturday walks had a caption “Nature teaches more than philosophical books”. That is what exactly happened during a walk I took in the Fairy Tale Forest of Altenberg, Germany. It was Sunday, 25 May 2014.
As we disappeared into the thick enchanting forest, I got inspired with a childlike idea. First, I considered it a poem prompt. However, the mysterious tall green trees hung with moss wouldn’t settle for a prompt. After two hours of walking, we sat down at a café. Then I spoke rapidly.
Later that night, I sat down to write a proposal and sent it to a lady I got virtually acquainted in the business of book trailers. My request was, “would you like to do a logo and trailer for this idea?” She agreed. For the entire month of June, I marvelled over how she transformed my proposal into a visual reality.
What is it?
World Children’s Poetry Day (WoChiPoDa) is a day dedicated to children’s poetry. This day is celebrated on the first Saturday of October. On this day children will learn to experience poetry in fun way. Children will recite poems written all by themselves. Listeners can be family, friends, schoolmates, teachers or anyone else. And all this is done next to a big fire, lantern or candles.
You are probably wondering that you have never heard of WoChiPoDa. Yes, you are right.
WoChiPoDa will be celebrated first time on Saturday, 4 October 2014.
Why it is important?
World Poetry Day is celebrated annually on 21 March. Although this day gives an opportunity for children to be introduced to poetry in classrooms, there is an important element missing. Poetry is thought to be not ordinary, and even to the extent of being boring and dull by young minds. It is therefore important for children to learn and experience poetry in a fun way other than school curriculum or what is written for them by adults. Therefore a day dedicated to poetry written and read by children in entirety is necessary.
Who is behind it?
WoChiPoDa was founded by Gloria D. Gonsalves (children may call her Auntie Glo) as part of her efforts to instil the love of poetry to young people. Parents, teachers and guardians are encouraged to motivate children and youths to join this poetical day and share their experiences through poems, photos and videos at WoChiPoDa Facebook page.
For more information about WoChiPoDa and how to celebrate this day visit below links.
WoChiPoDa website: www.wochipoda.com
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wochipoda
Background article (part i): http://www.authorhouse.net/authorhouse-news/authorhouses-gloria-d-gonsalves-introduces-wochipoda/
Background article (part ii): http://www.authorhouse.net/authorhouse-news/authorhouses-gloria-d-gonsalves-with-more-on-wochipoda/