“So, Kitaka Alex, Apart from being a Poet, what else do you do?
“I mean you need to earn a living don’t you?”
Me: “I am a Creative Facilitator”
“Wait! A creative what? What is that?”
Such kinds of responses- I have got used to. At first I was befuddled as well. Imagine me now. After time, I discovered that am a Creative facilitator. Imagine the process of having to explain to someone each and every time I am offered a job opportunity. I have actually come to love explaining to people what creative Facilitation is. In a way, it gives an employer the idea that I have knowledge on what I am s going to do. He as well entrusts me with the job, well yeah, if the employer is receptive
The creative Facilitator,
Listening voice and seeing eyes
Facilitation is entirely focused on creation of neutrality of a facilitator as he or she works within groups, through this, a facilitator is one whose focus is on aiding groups explore an issue and processes of collective work to find a solution. The creative part comes in through the using of art-based techniques. Or an endeavor to use creative ways to work in a group. Creative facilitation deals with processes that are relatively not long lived, because major group work is done by analyzing an issue in a given setting and working on It using the solutions collectively generated. These solutions are either enforced practically or orally through the arts-based techniques.
Therefore a Creative facilitator maintains a role of neutrality outside academic hierarchs and independent of disciplinary activities, whereas, A teacher is one who teaches. Predominantly a teacher is one who instructs. There are orthodoxy ways things are done, considered right or wrong.A teacher is in charge of instilling what is instilled in him as the only thing(s) right, what he considers right and what he wants you to give him as the only right thing(s). And this has affected the unleash of creative exploration of thing(s) from personal perspectives in the lives of people right from a vulnerable childhood state all the way through life hood stages.
Creative facilitation is the use of arts-based techniques as a means of delivering learning or finding a solution for an issue. This delivery of learning may be through subjects like geography, history, social studies etc. The objective of Creative facilitation is to aid understanding and learning and solution discovery through collectively and creatively working hand in hand. It is participatory. Where by both the facilitator and the participant/learners are involved in the process/lesson. The facilitator does not just instruct from without but is one with the learners. In this case then, Creative Facilitation brings sensitivity and awareness of one’s environment. It helps in self identity with the environment. It is used in teaching other subjects. Uses role play and assimilation as part and parcel of the process. In Creative facilitation, delivering of learning is learner-centered while in teaching, learning is teacher-centered. The teacher is considered to be the all-knowing and the participants/learners know nothing while in Creative facilitation, the participants/learners are considered important in the learning process; they contribute to it. Creative facilitation, the learners are partners in the learning process. The teacher on the other hand simply deposits knowledge in the minds of the participants/learners. Creative facilitator operates at the same level with the participants/learners whereas a teacher is all powerful and uses force and punishment in all relationship with the participant/ learners. The teacher uses traditional methods. Uses talk, chalk, answer and question, group discussions etc where as a Creative facilitator uses role play, dramatization, improvisation etc as methods of teaching. The learners in the traditional mode of education are looked at as empty vessels while the learners in Creative facilitation participate in every activity of the class/process.
Creative facilitation offers participants/learners with an opportunity for independent thinking and planning. Each member of the group is encouraged to express his or her ideas and they contribute to the whole process. This further helps the participants/learners to develop teamwork. When a group builds something together, social differences are forgotten as they share ideas and solve an issue. Participants/learners get a chance to release their emotions through the participation and hence get emotional release which allows learning to take place. For example if the part involves emotions like anger, fear, resentment. Pain. Etc. it as well enables a free play environment which leads to discovery and awakening of abilities and talents of the participants/learners.
Creative facilitators can be teachers but not all teachers can be creative facilitators; however worth credited is that both help in language acquisition, concentration, response and reaction.