Spotlight on heritage

A month of celebrating African and Barbadian identity culminated at the Wesley Hall Junior School last Friday.

Bright, beautiful African-inspired dress was splashed throughout the school as the students rounded up all they had learned about their heritage.

Additionally, representatives from Youth In Action, led by Alfred Lumumba Batson, spoke to the students about staying positive and keeping on the right path.

From the beginning of February, iconic black people were highlighted during the morning prayers, such as inventors, scientists, doctors and movie stars. In addition, each class was asked to research information about a particular African country. This information was then used for a class presentation, featuring facts and photographs.

However, Wesley Hall did more than focus on Africa. The school also mounted an exhibition dealing with old Barbados and the tools and implements that were used in everyday life. A connection was also made between crops used both here and in Africa, such as the sweet potato.

Emphasis was also placed in Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison and the celebration of the importance of the area to the island in years gone by. Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison received UNESCO World Heritage status last year. (LW)

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