Storymoja Fest promises a literary excitement for children

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Storymoja, an annual literary festival is giving Kenyan children a chance to learn more about creative careers.

In its 2015 edition, the eight-year-old festival hopes to get children more interested in the arts through their Careerpedia installation, which targets children aged 14 years and above.

The plan is based on the revelation that children who study the arts are equipped with knowledge and skills to stimulate cognitive development and to encourage innovative and creative thinking, as reported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

In one of the sessions, dubbed Poetry and Music Career Blast, children will get a chance to enjoy poetry and music from various talents such as Nigeria's Dami Ajayi and Ugandan Harriet Anena and Tetu Shani.

“We are going to have facilitators who will be teaching the children on the reading, writing and performing of poetry,” said James Momanyi, the Storymoja Communications Director.

Children who are interested in animation will also get a chance to learn from the gurus. Colin and Francis of Blue Antelope animation will reveal how book holograms are made, as well as the designing of cartoon characters.

Aspiring writers will not be left behind as there will be a session on creative writing. Hosted by Kenyan writer and online content creator, Juliet Maruru and South African writer, Khulekani Magubane, children will get to learn more about the creative writing process and how to become better writers.

Passing exams has always been a struggle for most children, and Storymoja’s 'Score More Series' hopes to change that.

“Sometimes students get stressed when sitting for examinations, which may in some cases result to them going on strikes especially in the second term of the school year. We hope this session will prepare them on how to face examinations and how to manage the various types of pressures they may be under,” said Momanyi.

The schools’ programme will take place from September 16-18. For information on how your school can get involved call: +254-20-2089595 Mobile : +254-733-838-161

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