The Little Art, in collaboration with GD Pakistan and European Union is working on a project to enable teachers and caregivers working with children in vulnerable situations in using puppetry as tool to effectively engage and educate children.
Puppets are both entertaining and captivating. In their different forms they appeal to both old and young alike, represent different customs and traditions and are valuable educational tools. Children can believe in/relate to them; they can enter and explore the fascinating inventive world that puppets create.
Learning through playing is fundamental to our children’s education, and for those specially in challenging situations like street children, IDP children, children in institutional care. Puppets help them to develop the necessary soft skills in life. Puppets can stimulate children’s imagination, encourage expression, creative play and discovery and are a wonderful interactive way to introduce narrative to children who are not much educated to read.
To build the capacity of the organization in puppet making and playing
To enable teachers and caregivers to use puppetry with children and young people to build up confidence, develop creativity and facilitate expression.
To provide a chance to children and organizations to perform puppet shows in front of a large audience to increase their confidence level and develop children’s agency in generating positive sustainable change.
We conducted two workshops titled “Hands-on Puppetry Workshops” with teachers from underprivileged schools, and caregivers from street children’s shelter homes.
Hands-on Puppetry Workshops
The workshop is an interesting and fun opportunity to learn for all. It develops necessary skills to make puppets, create stories to play with children, and perform short performances using puppets. The sessions are designed to give hands-on basic orientation about puppet making, from design development, refinement, technical aspects and execution of the puppet performance.
The participants will learn to produce a performance and be able to identify issues and content of the performance through group work and collective sessions.
The following will be taught step-by-step to the participants;