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  • Writer's pictureLouise Worner

Anywhere, by Anyone - Ikebana for Children in Rwanda


Image from AMA Girafe instagram @amalagirafe

In the Spring I collaborated with a not-for-profit organisation AMA Girafe  (https://amagirafe.org/) to create an Ikebana Adventure for French speaking primary school children, across the globe.


The aim of AMA Girafe is to unify children across cultures and break down socio-economic divides. AMA’s goal of empowering children through education, whilst encouraging them to develop a deeper affinity with nature.


The Ikebana Adventure was launched to over 7 000 schools across Belgium, France, and many African countries. Recently, children in Rwanda have discovered the joy of ikebana by participating in the Ikebana Adventure. The adventure has enabled them to engage deeply with their natural surroundings as well and interact with other children around the world, sharing their experiences and knowledge.


The Founder of Sogetsu Ikebana, Sofu Teshigahara, asserted that Ikebana could be practiced "anytime, anywhere, by anyone". To see the joy on the faces of young children in Rwanda as they explore ikebana is proof of the power of his statement.


Lots of lesson ideas for teaching ikebana to children, can be found in my book “My First Ikebana”, as well as on my blog at: www.louiseworner.com/blog 


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