Shepherds Park School, NSW
Youth Unlocked, 2018
Shepherds Park Education and Training Unit is within the Riverina Juvenile Justice Centre located at Wagga Wagga in Southern NSW. The school has been operational since 1985. Shepherds Park Education and Training Unit provides innovative youth programs that enhance the educational and learning potential of the students and improves their coping skills while providing them with other skills that will improve their vocational potential. The majority of students are of secondary age.
Zohab's workshops at Shepherds Park Education and Training Unit explored spoken-word poetry, performance and self-expression. From the workshops, collaborative and individual poems were created and published. Students also participated in performative activities to develop confidence in expression.
Zohab Khan is an educator, poet and multidisciplinary artist. Since 2006, Zohab has been building a formidable career in spoken word poetry, culminating in taking out the title of the Australian Poetry Slam Champion in 2014. As a motivational speaker, didgeridoo player, and hip-hop artist Zohab has performed in venues and festivals across the world.
Zohab has performed and conducted poetry workshops in over 20 countries across the world and is the co-founder of The Pakistan Poetry Slam. His first collection of poetry “I Write” reached best seller status within 5 months of it's launch. Zohab’s poetry has been translated in four languages. He has made notable appearances at the Sydney, Auckland (New Zealand), Byron Bay, Bellingen, Ubud (Indonesia), Bookworm Literary (China), Sunshine Coast, Darwin, Hong Kong, Karachi, and National Young Writers Festivals. As well as performing at various music festivals including the world renowned Glastonbury Festival in 2016.
As an educator, Zohab’s poetry and self development workshops are in high demand and he has conducted over a thousand workshops in institutions worldwide. His workshops aim to inspire change and confidence in young people through spoken word poetry and brain hacks. With the incorporation of self- development techniques, spoken-word poetry becomes not just a platform for selfexpression but also one to inspire change and increase productivity.
As a 4th generation Australian of Pakistani heritage and having been raised in rural NSW, Zohab has channelled his distinct life experiences into stories with the intent to educate. Zohab seamlessly integrates Urdu and Punjabi into his work as he confronts a range of issues from racism to inequality and socio-economic disparities. Zohab’s high energy and powerful words have left countless inspired.