As we had mentioned in our last newsletter, the core group from Nizamuddin has given rise to 6 aspiring facilitators who are on a year long apprenticeship journey that will train them to lead workshops and sessions of various kinds. They are getting exposure to drama facilitation, interacting with children learning spaces and understanding methods of conducting conversations around sexual health and body. This is an exciting time for all of us!
The kids have all grown up,
One day Sanyukta realised.
Now two of them were in college,
And our work had maximized.
We had to think of livelihoods, so
Their passions weren’t compromised.
They’d like to be facilitators!
An apprenticeship was devised.
Saddam, Ismail, Muzammil,
First the eldest were finalised.
Then Nagina’s, Jasmine’s and Shahid’s,
Energies were also utilized.
Theatre, Darpan, Unlearning Uncentred,
Were the areas categorized.
And last but not the least!
A special stipend was formalised.
Here is what some of 2 of them have to say about their experience: (translated from Hindi)
“I enjoy the process of facilitation, yet sometimes when I have to experiment with something new- I feel nervous and afraid making mistakes. It’s, of course, easier to guide someone to do something that I am good at and feel confident about. I’ve also noticed that while working with the core group. I rarely feel this nervousness. This is probably because I’ve been with them for many years.”-Saddam
“When I started facilitation, I had no idea what to do. Then I tried to remember all the things
I had learnt in theatre that would be easy enough for the children to pick up. This actually helped me recall everything I had done. In addition to that, I also came to terms with my own ability and capacity to teach others how to understand and learn. I tried to think of ways to connect their lives to theatre. I wanted them to think about the episodes and incidents in their lives that could be expressed using this art form. So, I thought of activities that could help them express their inner feelings and personal stories.”- Shahid
We will come back to you with more stories and developments from their apprenticeship journeys!