What does the usual way for celebrating kids’ days look like? The honorees rule the party: they play kids’ online games, tuck away sweets, invent new kids games… Wait a minute: are there more creative ways to spice up Children’s Day? Some schoolkids in Nigeria definitely know!
Pupils from Corona Secondary School (Agbara, Ogun State, Nigeria) celebrated 2010 International Children’s Day by launching a book of their own work.
“The book, titled The Risen Sun, is a compilation of poems written by over 200 pupils of the school,” we read in Motunrayo Aboderin’s article. By the way, making a book of poems with more than 250 pages isn’t child’s play! Rather, the book is the fruit of intense creative work by the pupils and the school staff. It would be a mistake to say that all the poetry in the book is about flowers, the sun and kids’ games: to the contrary, the kids were daring enough to write on serious topics. A day for celebration, usually not serious, suddenly became a day for contemplation and sharing secret thoughts and one’s dearest hopes. Now it’s the parents’ turn to show how adult they are!
“Parents should give their children the opportunity to pursue their passion. If it is writing your child enjoys, motivate him/her positively, do not kill the passion,” as the chairman of the event urges.
Parents, do you like the idea of creating a book of kids’ poetry for such a festive occasion? What ideas do you have for celebrating Children’s Day next year? Generally speaking, is Children’s Day a special day in your family?