The ANNU Institute for Human Development’s COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DAY WAS A SUCCESS
The ANNU Institute for Human Development and HOPE for Children and many community based organisations, are pushing for December 28th to be recognised as National Community Development Day; a day recognised for community building.
This will help build strong vibrant and cohesive communities through collaborative, locally driven initiatives. It will encourage and develop a sense of civic consciousness. It can mobilise individuals and groups within local communities to take an active and positive role planning and changing the physical and social fabric of their communities. It is hoped that the community development day, and the ANNU Institutes’ self improvement project will be a catalyst for change and active community building. It is also hoped that the current trend of community dis-unity and social ills can be halted by re-instilling a community building spirit, principals and activities.
Community Garden and communal area
I went out to the community in Lands down Christ Church talked to a local resident with a plot of unused land, and donated seven trees and seven seedlings to start a community Garden. The trees included Soursoup, Mango, Pomegranate, Sugar apple, Lime, and Paw Paws. At a later stage, I have a vision for the community garden and park that will include vegetables and herbs.
Additionally, I envision self help and self improvement clubs in every district in Barbados. We the people who live in communities, must realise that a community beautification models must be acknowledged, providing areas for creativity and release of tension in a positive manner. People must learn to leave their communities more beautiful than when they inherited it.
Community Movie Night
As the day came to a close and the evening was in progress, I began to prepare to show a movie as part of the ANNU mobile cinema programme. I realized for a long time that the “Boyz & Girlz” on the block are not coming out to functions to hear the self improvement message, so he decided that we must take the message to them. He sourced a movie projector and a lap top and a speaker, then and showed a movie to bring the community together in a communal setting.
A few days before, community development day, I went out and asked the “Boyz” on the block what movie they wanted to see. The majority of them wanted to see a Jet Li or some Chinese kung fu picture. To promote unity, we researched a Jet Li picture that showed the strength of unity. On mobile cinema night, before the feature film ‘Hero’ started, I showed what is termed a ‘conscious’ film.
“500 YEARS AFTER“
It was excerpts about the present conditions that we find ourselves in as a community. After the conscious excerpt, I went into requested type of film and showed ‘Hero’ starring Jet Li. The feature film is based on the story of an assassination attempt on Qin Shi Huang, the King of Qin state in China, in 227 BC. King Qin was the king of the Chinese State of Qin from 246 BC to 221 BC, during the Warring States Period. He became the first emperor of a unified China in 221 BC.
After the movie, I reasoned with the ‘Boyz’ and ‘Girlsz’ on the block, about the understanding the kings dream to unify his country, and eventually to understand the hope for local, regional and global peace.
People in the community wanted to know when next they will come out? Can it be every weekend? Can we reason every movie session? Etc. I told them that by their reaction, clearly there’s a need for knowledge and using it to improve themselves for the betterment of the community. In reflection, I initially, wanted to show ‘conscious’ films, but I saw value to meeting people half way. In the final analysis it worked out well, I saw it another way to get people teach people think critically.
Reasoning about key points in the movie and bringing it to how it effects or can impact their lives was very rewarding. Everyone is not an avid reader, so the mobile cinema is a good way to discuss key issues critically. To build on this self improvement movement. Further programs will take funding. However, I’m not waiting anymore on any people who should be doing these type of programs. What money I can muster up, I’ll do it on my own. We must learn to do for self and we must learn to support these kind of initiatives.