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Beating the Garifuna Drums

garifuna-drums-front Garifuna drums are echoing through many communities in Central America
Garifuna drums are echoing through many communities in Central America, singing ballads of their ancestral land of Yurumein, today renamed by the British to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. But their drums seldom beat on the land which Garifuna ancestors protected through generations. Labelled as cannibals by mercenary Christopher Columbus to justif...
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Malwina, Poland: Seeing St. Vincent through children’s eyes

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We keep hearing that as adults we are nowhere as creative as when we were children and, what's worse, that the older we get the less creative we become. My point, however, is not to discuss the broad topic of 'creativity' and whether formal education system diminishes it or not. What I want to share with you is my impressions from one project, a sm...
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Learning through Expressive Art

As students in the “ Fighting with the poor ” program at Richmond Vale Academy, we are expected to do a number of different studies. This is so that we can leave the program with a certificate from One World University. These studies include many different topics that are not only important and useful for us as development instructors, but as individuals who feel responsible to make this world a better place. Some of these topics are related to poverty  and the reasons behind it. Others talk about climate change and the environment . There are also studies about leadership and health. One of my favorite topics was expressive art. For example, one of the tasks asked us to write a short story, a song or a poem. To me this was interesting because I never thought about coming up with story or poem before. So here I would like to share the story I wrote. The Story of the Universe One day the universe decided to create itself. It gave life to itself and made everything alive with its energy of love and its energy of nature. It decorated itself with swirling galaxies, filling them with stars, moons and planets. Its love was so bright and big that it even created life on many of its plants. But there came a time when the universe...
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