Theatre teaches children about bird flu
The risks associated with avian influenza will be
conveyed to children and young people in Georgia through drama lessons, plays
Edutainment performances in eight areas seen as 'high risk' will
demonstrate how to prevent the spread of this bird flu
Children are very motivated to learn through theatre and play, says Nana
Gogokhia, coordinator of the project, from the NGO â€œConsentâ€. He says that the
performances are interactive by nature and the children become involved through
discussions and analysing the behaviour of the heroes. "The children are finding
correct answers easily and learning by having fun as well," he adds.
Archil Gurgenidze, aged six: â€œI liked the performance. I know now that bird
flu is dangerous. I have a lot of chickens in my village and I will wash my
hands after touching them.â€
School calendars and bookmarks with messages on avian influenza prevention
have also been distributed to children.
â€œUNICEF promotes edutainment as a teaching method because we believe that
children learn better through play and entertainment,â€ says UNICEF Child
Protection Officer, Kendra Gregson. â€œI hope that the combination of formal and
non-formal education methods will be an effective tool in teaching children
about avian influenza prevention.â€
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