Last year LettuceBee Kids piloted its first literacy program by the name of LettuceBee Literate. The program lasted for eight weeks and was implemented in collaboration with Khan Academy, Green Volunteers and Bahria University, by utilizing their vacant computer labs during the summer break. . Computer literacy lied at the helm of our literacy program. The idea was to introduce maximum number of children to digital technology thereby not only enhancing their learning capabilities but also unlocking their potential in terms of opportunities and resources. Computer based learning was also encouraged to foster self-empowered learning. Here is an over view.
For Phase II of LettuceBee Literate, we once again plan on collaborating with Khan Academy, Green Volunteers and Bahria University, while incorporating lessons learnt from the last year’s pilot program. For the second phase of our literacy program, LettuceBee Kids will engage an educationist, Mr. Rashid Saleem [U. S. State Department’s IVLP alumnus] to extend his time and assistance as an educationist and curriculum design expert. He will help our team of volunteers built on the learning outcomes of first phase. Program implementation will be preceded by a baseline study, which will determine the retention level of numeric and literacy skills from the first phase. Moreover, the baseline will also take into account the existing trends of their behavior pattern and mannerism in order to track changes in their attitude and literacy level, over the course of eight weeks.
The program will last for two months, i.e. the months of July and August, during which, a total of 24 interactive learning sessions will be held with children. A typical session would include almost 50 children along with around 20-25 volunteers from the community. Approximately every volunteer will be supervising two kids simultaneously to ensure maximum individual attention. Each session will be of three-hour duration, three days a week. (Monday, Tuesday and Friday) from 15:30 hrs. to 18:30 hrs. June 25th 2013 – until August 25th 2013)
The sessions will be a mix of teaching and extra-curricular activities e.g. story-telling, animated film sessions, games and competitions etc. so that the interest of these children is intact. During each session, children will be taught English, Maths, Geography, and Etiquettes. We are planning to incorporate geography lessons through some game based activities and by inviting guests from different embassies. There will be snacks, water, juices and a proper meal for the children and the volunteers.
The progress of these children will be recorded at the end of each session, followed by a comprehensive evaluation at the end of the Program that will be shared with everyone on the commencement day and on our blog.
World Street Children Day | April 12th 2013
On International Day for Street Children 2013, Consortium for Street Children asked its supporters, decision makers, opinion formers and the wider public to ‘Demand a Day’.
Following the same footfalls ‘LettuceBee kids, in collaboration with Serena Hotel, organized an event that revolved around the social inclusion of street-children, particularly in Islamabad and offered some potential possibilities to steer them towards a better future.
Since LBK’s inception two years ago, our team has been working with 50 talented and dynamic street-kids to produce original artwork. As a means to bring more confidence to these beautiful children, on this year’s International World Street Children Day, we brought our first ever Art Exhibition, held at Serena Hotel on April 12, 2013.
A team of our dedicated fellows and volunteers made the event a huge success with their creative and wonderful ideas, followed by a few very long nights of hard work. We kept our audience entertained with live music, gastronomical delights, heartwarming stories and of course, the endearing artwork made by our little street artists. The American Ambassador, Mr. Richard Olsen was gracious enough to open the evening for us.
As a self-sustaining organization, we offered our supporters, consumer products inspired by the original art pieces for sale. Moreover, some of the special framed art pieces were also available through a silent auction. Here are some of the glimpses from day I. Your support and contribution was over whelming and in an event spanned over three days, we were completely sold out on the first night. We can’t thank you enough for such a wonderful response.
“These three days were spent in absolute amazement. Amazement, because, of the magnanimity of the venture we had started; amazement, because, of the impact this venture had already begun to build upon the people; amazement, because, it was all coming along like puzzle pieces, it was all making sense and it was all generating sentiments.
The first exhibition by lettucebee kids was a success for me, not because of the number of items we were able to sell but because of the members we earned, because of the people we were actually able to reach, people who now believe in this cause as much as we do.”
Zara Farooq [Organizer & LettuceBee Kids Fellow]
“Lettuce Bee Kids won my heart. In a society where it is considered ordinary to have an underprivileged six year old girl babysit a privileged three year old, or a seven year old boy being his own his own breadwinner, Lettuce Bee kids’ message manages to shine through loud and clear.
The exhibition was absolutely beautiful. Set within the exquisite natural mood of Serena’s open air atrium, recycled plastic globes hung with fairy lights contrasted and complemented the ambience which was completed by the relieving live music in the background. It was a one of a kind exhibition.
Original paintings of little ‘street artists’ hung proudly in the gallery of Serena like that of any privileged artist. Small items like bookmarks, cards, customized diaries and tee shirts all held their innocent drawings. What made them so appealing was the intent behind their production and ofcourse, the ingenuity of the products itself!
Lettuce Bee Kids definitely has a new fan!”
Tayyaba Anwar [A junior in school who visited us on the 2nd day]
“Lettuce Bee Kids hit me hard. The concept of highlighting the underprivileged society here in the city of bureaucrats and big shots is an amazing idea itself.
The exhibition at Serena Hotel was a wonderful project, seeing my children in neat and tidy uniforms running around a 5 Star Hotel was a treat to watch. All my Pakistani, Gerhard Richter, (a world record holder, German artist for the highest auction price for his work) made my day, their work depicted innocence and simplicity yet those drawings gave a very strong message.
I could only buy a few souvenirs from the exhibition as the ATM there wouldn’t work. I hope I see another LBKs’ exhibition very soon. My congratulations to the team for pulling a successful event and I wish them the best of luck in the future.
Way To Go Pyaray Pakistanio!”
Zain Hashmi [Visitor]
“I always kept myself updated with lbk activities – never got a chance to get involved coincidentally – untill this exhibition. And everytime i only estimated the beauty of their activities through social media. On the exhibition i didnt just SEE things, i could FEEL the devotion of the lbk family. And that was amazing. To be able to recognise and honour an art peice is a great deal – to honor such pure raw expressions is an even bigger a deal.
And LBK did justice.
Also I hardly support NGOs, charities, social work here – since its too dilute to work. Lbk has been the first project ive shared with literally everyone i know.
Lastly, LBK products are the perfect strategy and they have excellent designs.
In the end, all i really have to say is; Thank you LBK! ”
Faiza [A visitor]