In March 2013, Ibaba’s team decided to organize a small drawings competition with one of the the classes of Rutongo village. We then get to Daphrose’s classroom; she teaches ten-year-old children; she tries to explain in the ambient excitement the subject of the competion.
We gave them a choice of three subjects: a fantasy animal, the peace bird or one of the members of their family. Their first reaction was to try and copy out of their class book. They took that competition as an exam and wanted to be close to what their books taught them. Well! That’s not at all what I expected! * When the first ones finished, we gave them a second piece of paper where they were free to draw anything they wanted, while waiting for their schoolmates to finish. Those “free” drawings were the most beautiful ones!
An hour later, we collected the drawings and we chose 11 “competitors” who would each receive a box of pencils or sketchbooks. The three most original drawings were selected to be embroidered on small travel pouches made in our workshops and will be offered to the authors of the drawings.
We will definitely repeat this competition in another class next year!