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Project Early - Puppet Television Show, Grenada

Who's involved:
Project leader: Amanda John and Shem Joseph

Lead organisation: Brain Storm Productions

Other organisations:
- Angel Mountain Limited (Will plan and organize the content of the project including the training of the puppeteers, writing scripts and identifying participants for the shows);
- The South St. George’s Welfare Association (They will help train puppeteers);
- The Ministry of Health (They will provide volunteers to speak to the youth);
- The Ministry of Education (They will provide volunteers to participate in audience discussion);
- The St. George’s University (They will provide the venue for recording and will also provide puppeteer volunteers from the Life Science and Veterinarian School);
- The National AIDS Directorate (They will provide HIV and AIDS educators and free brochures and pamphlets);
- The Young Leaders (They will provide presenters to speak to the youth);
- Grenada Broadcasting Network, Channel 7&11 (They will broadcast the programs);

January - December 2009

- To use puppets and elemental educational methods to deliver basic education about what HIV and AIDS is, transmission, prevention, risks, etc.;

- To reject myths and misconceptions and address the issue of HIV and AIDS related discrimination;

- To inform and empower young people about their rights and how they can protect themselves;

- To involve more people in HIV and AIDS training and educating.

Angel Mountain Limited has started the Project Early program within communities. It trains people living with HIV to be puppeteers to educate young people about some of the major issues affecting them and in turn, use them as peer educators.

Against this background, Brain Storm Productions thought that it was a good idea to reach more young people with their message by converting Project Early into a television kids program for broadcast in Grenada and hopefully the rest of the Caribbean region.

The project will target College students (to be used as trainees or ‘peer educators’) and students in primary and secondary schools in Grenada. We estimate about 20,000 to be reached by the national broadcast of 13 episodes, each being 30 minutes in duration.

Angel Mountain Limited  will train a total of 50 personnel for their individual roles in the show for the purpose of disseminating the correct information. These include students, parents, teachers and puppeteer volunteers.

Progress Reports:
28 July 2009
The Grenada Broadcasting Network is giving us a nice "airtime package" of weekly broadcasts with two to three repeats of the same episode every week. This is great because it will be run for three months with this arrangement, so there will be three times every week to catch an episode. The shows are nearly completed and I believe with this extra airtime we will reach our target viewing audience.

15 June 2009
We have begun our promotion of the launch of the Champs Club Kid TV show re HIV/AIDS awareness /education.

Read the message sent out to 8 primary schools last week.

13 June 2009
To see a short demo reel, click here.

2 June 2009
At this stage, we have completed the filming of 13 episodes of the kids talk show "Champs Club Kidz". For the past three months we have been filming sessions with the kids as they learnt about HIV & AIDS. That went well and I think a lot of learning took place. >> Read full update

14 April 2009
The project is progressing nicely we are coming to a completion with the filming and have already begun post production. During this month we hope to start the promotion of the show so that my June it will be well received.

We should have new pictures up on the site soon.

19 March 2009
We are into week 5 of filming. Quite challenging dealing with all those kids! But truly an enjoyable experience. As the word goes around, more parents are calling to request their kids to participate, which is wonderful.

We have two kids coming from the most northerly part of the island this weekend and hopefully a few from our sister island Carriacou at the end of the month.

Don't forget to check out our website to keep updated: http://champsclubkidz.blogspot.com/

2 May 2009
We begun filming last Saturday and I think we're off to a great start. We will be filming every weekend for the next seven weeks and will post pictures up on the champ website. http://champsclubkidz.blogspot.com/

13 February 2009: The Champs Club
28 January 2009: Introducing Project Early

Project proposal
[PDF 48Kb]
Workplan [PDF 73Kb]





Amanda John

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This page last updated: 28 July 2009