Saturday, 5 March 2011
Although I have reached Cape Verdian soil last night, all I managed to do was to get to Sibylle's (where I am staying at once more). Because of the school Carnival parade, I shall "effectively" start tomorrow, that is - I shall be working with three groups from ADEC (one of which shall be divided in two because of the number of girls), a group of boys whom I have worked with in previous workshops, and a theatre group sellected from two of these groups in an estimated total number of about 85 children from 8H00 AM through to 07H30 PM.
Today the only group I shall be working with will be the "Tudo Cool" group in the development of the English Language, late in the afternoon.
As my friend Marie Hélène's flight only got into Praia around 03H00 in the morning, we only met at around 10H00, having headed directly to the ADEC school, to see the premises I hadn't seen yet and to arrange the tables in a semi circle for the English class.
But as Sibylle and I approached Miramaio pension where Marie Hélène was staying at, we came across some of the girls I'll be working with later, some of which I knew already (Leinira, my protégée and Rosana) on their way to dress themselves up for the school parade.
We (Marie Hélène and I) didn't resist heading towards the school Velhinho Rodrigues, where I had carrried out the workshops before, to check on the Carnival preparation, soon after ... and all of a sudden I was surrounded by children (many of whom I had had in my previous workshops) ... and the Carnival spirit took over both of us.
(From left to right) Delmizia, Erica, Rosana and Leinira (Left). Together with Nélida in their Carnivala outfits (Right).
(to be continued)