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Goodbye, Nigeria...For Now

by Dr. Michael Bitz / Oct 25, 2013 /
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My final day in Nigeria was a very good one. The teachers continued the workshop from Wednesday, this time writing comic book manuscripts and creating their actual comic books. It was clear that they were truly understanding the "language" of comics: the balance of art and writing that makes comics what they are.

Good Work in Owerri

by Dr. Michael Bitz / Oct 23, 2013 /
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The workshops in Owerri began today with approximately 70 teachers, college students, and faculty from the Federal College of Education. Many of them had attended the talk yesterday, so they were prime to get creative, which is exactly what they did.

Owerri, Here We Come

by Dr. Michael Bitz / Oct 22, 2013 /
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It was a fun ride from Nsukka to Owerri on Friday. I saw lots of street vendors, roadside markets, and military checkpoints. Obi and I bought roasted corn, peanuts, and bananas for the trip. We were well stocked for the 3 hour journey.

 

Last Day in Nsukka

by Dr. Michael Bitz / Oct 18, 2013 /
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I had the opportunity to visit two primary schools today: one public and the other private. In both cases, I saw the libraries, though not the classrooms. My guide was Dr.

A Successful Conference

by Dr. Michael Bitz / Oct 18, 2013 /
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The conference went very well. Titled “Global Literacy Learning Spaces, Strategies, and Opportunities in the Information Age,” the conference brought together educators from across Nigeria to discuss and share ideas about best practices in teaching and learning.

These Teachers Are Great!

by Dr. Michael Bitz / Oct 17, 2013 /
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The Nigerian school teachers completed their third and final day of Comic Book Project workshops, and in doing so they completed their three-page comic books. They did a fine job and were all smiles by the end of the day.

The Workshops Continue

by Dr. Michael Bitz / Oct 16, 2013 /
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The workshops continued today with Nigerian school teachers, who learned the manuscript process of the Comic Book Project. They planned stories for a three-page comic book, with a focus on character and plot development. It was very interesting to see the kinds of stories that the teachers crafted.

A Good Start in Nsukka

by Dr. Michael Bitz / Oct 15, 2013 /
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Aside from some excess baggage fees, my flight from Lagos to Enugu was smooth and comfortable. My new good friend Obiajulu Emejulu met me at the airport with a university car and driver for the 45 minute-trip to Nsukka, where I will be staying for the duration of my trip.

I Made It!

by Dr. Michael Bitz / Oct 15, 2013 /
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I made it to Nigeria! It was no small feat. The adventure began the day before I was supposed to leave when I badly chipped my front tooth on a hard cracker. Thank you to Dr. Gregory Mark and his team for seeing me late on a Friday afternoon and fixing me up.

The Comic Book Project in Nigeria

by Dr. Michael Bitz / Oct 12, 2013 /
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My name is Dr. Michael Bitz. I am the founder of the Comic Book Project (www.comicbookproject.org), where I help young people write, design, and publish original comic books as a pathway to literacy and creativity. This program began over twelve years ago with a middle school class in New York City, where I live.