Donavan Christopher, aka, RAPPAMAN

Donavan has been writing poetry seriously for the past 20 years as a tool for self – expression and to tackle social problems via the sports participation and cultural equality (SPACE) Organization and Authors Abroad.

He is currently working with young people on Rap poetry educational projects. Themes include respect of self and others and an insight to cultural diversity around the world we all share. Dealing with all types of difficult issues promoting Respect All People he engages the youngsters giving them the forum to share and discuss views, helping them capture and express their thoughts an imagination in a safe environment all done in a fun way.

The objectives are:

• To support schools and organizations delivery of poetry from different cultures. Engaging their thinking ability and writing skills.
• To promote awareness of the contribution of living language to our understanding of our world through social education via rap poetry.
• To promote the value of communication, social respect and the arts in school.

This is achieved by:

• Initial planning with both the literacy administrator and year or group leader.
• Establish what stimulus would be used with young people and organize into ability sets.
• Donovan and teacher working with young people to produce their own writing or performance around issues or subjects that effect are well being and social responsibilities.