African connection

landshipatwesleyhallThe theme was Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Celebrating Black History and what a celebration it was for the students of Wesley Hall Infants School.

Coordinator of the week of activities, Mabalozi Wendy Barrow, told Barbados TODAY that during the week which started on Monday with an opening ceremony and included movie and games days before closing on Friday with several activities, the students were given lessons on African history, about inventors and shown how jewellery was made.

The tone was set on Monday when she spoke to the children about the importance of knowing their history and looked at their ancestors who played a part and charted the course that generation have followed.

“On Tuesday was story telling where the teachers in the different age groups or the teachers themselves read Anansi stories, African stories to bring out different morals letting the children know that although our skin colour is a bit darker or a bit lighter we are all beautifully made,” she said.

Barrow noted that the students played ring games such as ring a roses, John Bucket A Water, rounders and hop scotch, and they introduced them to the children because they no longer played them and to show them they were connected to Africa.

It was on Friday the students and teachers wore African styled clothing their parents participated in a packed programme that included a demonstration by the Barbados Landship.

During her address, Barrow spoke to them about the inventors, engineers, scientists and other black people. This was also reinforced by a display featuring books for the children and the adults, sculptures information on Rosa Parks, Marcus Garvey, as well as the first black air hostess who had links to Barbados.

“Lots of schools celebrate Black History during the month of February but we decided we would go the first week in March because Black History month is every month, it’s just that people like to highlight in the February.

“We showed the children how the slaves were first captured from Africa and sold on the plantation. We have a unit on Africa, we just don’t do that one week, [during] the whole term the children were able to look at the different continents and countries such as Ghana and Mozambique,” she added. (DS)

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