Imagine talking a walk through a fairy tale forest. Then, an idea strikes you. First, you consider it a poem prompt; however, the mysterious, tall, green trees hung with moss won’t settle for a prompt. After two hours of walking, you are haunted by WoChiPoDa.
You are probably thinking that you’ve never heard of WoChiPoDa. You are right.
World Children’s Poetry Day (WoChiPoDa) was founded in 2014, when author and poet Gloria D. Gonsalves decided to act on an idea she had while walking through the Fairy Tale Forest of Altenberg, Germany. WoChiPoDa is an initiative aimed at instilling the love of poetry to children. It is a day dedicated to children’s poetry and is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of October. The day’s maiden celebration was in 2014. Together with a Tanzanian poet Mr. George Kyomushula, we organised an event for children in Arusha, Tanzania.
World Children’s Poetry Day (WoChiPoDa) is taking place this year on Saturday 3rd October. The theme for 2015 is “Writing a poem is fun”. More like “A giggle a day is important as vitamins or vegetables”.
WoChiPoDa is for the world’s children. As such, it would be great to have people willing to expand this event by translating it into their local language. Currently, the website has instructions in three languages: English, German and Swahili.
Additionally, parents, teachers, guardians and poetry friends are encouraged to motivate children and youths to join this poetical day and share their experiences through poems, photos and videos at WoChiPoDa’s Facebook page.
Perhaps you might consider organising an event in your community? You can read information on how to celebrate this day and also download a free poster to use for your WoChiPoDa event in English, Swahili or German language from the website. Remember, one can improvise the event as they wish. What matters is children have fun in writing and reciting a poem. Happy WoChiPoDaing!
By Gloria D. Gonsalves
WoChiPoDa website: www.wochipoda.com
WoChiPoDa Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/wochipoda