Our Programs and activities center on exploring resources from different cultures as a tool for social change. Through our cultural educational programs in arts, music, dance, tourism, and social media, we inculcate high moral standard, strong leadership quality and genuine community spirit in our wards. Our cultural training programs address topical issues of socio-cultural interest. These include; family issues, environment, peer, home, school, association, leadership, peace, governance, and issues, security, love, unity, and social justice. We also share information about legends, and role models, World historic places, personalities and World heroes, as well as classical World events and occurrences. Through these programs, we create the enabling environment where children and youth can learn, appreciate, and demonstrate the essentials of coeducational existence in a multicultural social system such as ours.
In other to preserve the valued heritage of global culture and traditional legacy worldwide, which form the primary focus of our organization, GVCN present the African Moonlight from Nigeria, as one of our promotional cultural advocacy program.
It is an ancient custom of the African to come out in the night to relax and have fun under the golden rays of the moonlight after each days work. These occasions are meant for relaxation and teaching of young ones, the values and mores of the people. This is usually done through reciting of folk tales depicting the heroic deeds of ancestors, founders of the community and stories of symbolic mythical animals. Following our goals and mission to promote cross cultural education and awareness among children, youth and young adult. GVCN also showcase many educative cultural activities in this event. Such as Traditional Games, Cultural entertainer, Faces of the Royal dynasty, Fashion parade and Taste of Africa .
GVCS Team seeks, among others, to:
- Preserve the valued cultural heritage in different nationalities within our community, where the children, youths, and young adults would learn, appreciate, and tolerate cultural differences and demonstrate the essentials of co-existence in a multicultural social system such as ours.
- Inspire our community children, youths, and young adults to not only learn about their culture and acquire an understanding of the basic cultural dispositions of others, but as well, advocate for cultural diversity.
- Create a healthy environment that is capable of eliciting, enhancing, and promoting peaceful coexistence among our community children, youths, and young adults.
- Impact positively our community children, youths, and young adults with moral values and cultural etiquettes.
- Mitigate socio-cultural misunderstandings that may result from differing cultural expectations among children, youth, and young adults.
- Forster social unity among children and youth.
- Develop team building spirit among children.
- Improve communication culture among children.
- Elicit teaching learning productivity.
Our Strategies Our cross-cultural awareness and education series are planned to be carried out in collaboration with cultural institutions and children-related agencies, such as schools and sub-communities. Our prospectus also covers a spectrum of cultural literacy programs, such as fine and applied arts education, history and material culture, museum and tourism, and other multicultural-related networks.
Training and Education GVCS delivers cross-cultural awareness and education programs to children, youths, and young adults through seminar lectures and workshop series, where children could learn, experience, and demonstrate intercultural exposures. By and large, our multicultural-related seminar presentations, lectures, workshops, and trainings include but are not limited to the following:
- Art and culture.
- Cross-cultural awareness and interaction.
- Family values in a multi-national society.
- Political awareness in a multi-national society.
- Peace and social justice and enquiry.
- Health and wellness.
- Agents of Education: peer group, home, school, age-grade associations, schools, community library, and museums, among others.
- Role models, personalities, world heroes, and classical-world events and occurrences.
- Appearance and reality: dressing mode and clothing patterns, general appearance and identity features.
- Communication: verbal (greetings) and nonverbal (symbols, signs, and gestures).
- Dietary (food adaptations and feeding allergies): analytical comparative dietary and feeding habits.
- Inter-climate weather and seasonal allergies.
- Cultural psychology (disciplinary approaches.
Curriculum Our multicultural-related lecture presentations, workshops, and training programs and activities in arts, music, dance, tourism, and social media center, which explore resources from different cultures as a tool for social change, are geared towards inculcating high moral standard, strong leadership quality, and genuine community spirit in our wards. With our highly professional cross-cultural experts, GVCS strongly hopes that its diverse multicultural-oriented services would provide our children, youths, and young adult population with the necessary exposure to socio-cultural issues of global interest and preserve the valued multicultural heritage in different nationalities within our American communities.
Tourism We organize annual summer field trips for children, youths, and young adults to historic and cultural tourist centers of attraction around the World. Our state of the earth tourism program not only allows the participants to partake in both national and international cultural festivals and events around the Globe, but as well, also provides them with real time exposure to the artistic, historic, and cultural resources around the World.
Cultural Education and Awareness We organize seminars, trainings, lecture presentations, and workshops on multicultural-related themes, which include but are not limited to beliefs system and traits in relation to appearance and reality, language, mode of dressing, dance, music, signs and symbols, and other cultural attributes of different nationalities and ethnicities. Our cultural education and awareness program also provides cross-cultural education on other diverse issues. These include marriage institution and family system, festivals and celebration patterns, manner of greeting, food and diet, natural resources, traditional occupations, and tourist centers in different nationalities.
In specific terms, our cross-cultural related educational series, which provide basic knowledge and information about peoples, places, and traditions, address and provide the following needs:
- Help participants in understanding self and others.
- Promote the much cherished unity in diversity among our community children, youths, and young adults.
- Enhance increased productivity.
- Promote group dynamics and team spirit.
- Reduce and manage effectively, cultural conflicts and misunderstandings.
Children’s Cultural Festival Our children’s cultural festival is an annual event, intended to create an avenue for children to culturally interact and exhange values. It is an open forum to exhibit cultural elements by nations through performances and presentations of various cultural forms. These include dance, music, drama, mime, choreography etc.
Media Network Program GVCS explores both digital and social media forms as a tool for social networking between our participants—children, youths, and young adults population and their counterparts all over the World. Through this medium, they interact and socialize with children from different part of the World by exchanging knowledge and information about each other’s cultural uniqueness. And more importantly, the program enables them to share firsthand information about peoples, places, and cultures.
Nigeria as a multicultural country is bless with many traditional recreational cultural activities, which include games. Most African games are meant to train the body and mind of the children because from the cradle, the average African parent teaches his/her young one to be a good follower and citizen.
Nigeria games are not only to exercise the body and the muscles but also to educate and develop the intellect of the individual. That was why in the past, parents encouraged their children to participate actively in the peer game. For example AKPAKORO GAME This is an ancient game which was designed to teach children to be cautious in life. It moulds them to be good followers. The children listen to the one singing the Uli with rapt attention, and does what the ‘Uli’ (lyric) singer does. They respond to this corresponding chorus while running slowly behind the leader (Uli singer) who runs ahead of them (children) at a mild pace so as not to over stretch them. Whoever does last to comply is eliminated from the game. In order to become the winner, the children must channel all their attention on the person singing the song.
Today GVCN presents you only four most popular games out of many games Nigeria as a country was bless with.