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Embrace African roots

tpetgordonwaltersbhmStudents at Gordon Walters Primary School have been told to embrace their African roots.

And during this month, which is celebrated as African Awareness Month, the message that “Black is Beautiful” could very well have been the mantra of the principal, teachers and guests who spoke to the students at the St. Patrick’s Christ Church school.

One of the organisers of the activities, Sherry-Ann Layne, told Barbados TODAY that this was the school’s inaugural celebration and their intention was to get the students to be comfortable in their skin and to know their history.

She said the students were “very enthusiastic” and thoroughly enjoyed the presentations done by Len Senthwali and a Nigerian lecturer at the Cave hill Campus.

Layne explained that the school adopted the nation of Ghana and there were displays highlighting the culture, foods, flag, motto, languages, dress and religion.

She thanked Principal Tyrone Marshall as well as the other teachers who worked to coordinate the events and the displays.

The lessons for the students did not end yesterday when they showed off their clothes, masks, and enjoyed the performances from their peers including a rhythm poem written by the principal and the Pinelands Creative Workshop, as well as a stick licking demonstration.

Layne said it was her intention to continue the journey on National Heroes Day and for Emancipation Day by highlighting the contributions made by positive black people.

The theme for the month was Proud of Our African Heritage. (DS)

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