Reliving African traditions

In a frenzy

The representation of an African village was set up in the middle of Eagle Hall Primary School playing field today, and the students just loved it –– as it brimmed with fun and laughter.

Dressed in African clothing, they huddled under the huts made from bamboo and coconut branches, playing warri, duelling at stick-licking and participating in other indigenous African games. And boys and girls too danced to the beat of the drums.

These activities were at the centre of the school’s African Awareness Day celebrations. As most primary schools across the island did throughout last month, the students and teachers took time out of their classroom schedule to take a look at the African heritage.

The little ones had a packed programme that included as well African storytelling and African cartoon showing. The African garb they wore had been thoroughly researched too, and made for a scintillating fashion show. And not to be left out were African food and snacks, which were shared delightfully.

They students also learned more about the countries of the African continent and where their ancestors came from, through displays in the classrooms.

The programme with with a libation and prayer for “mothers, fathers, babies who are not born yet and to the people who have gone over to the other side”.

Teacher Michelle Cave, who was involved in planning the day’s proceeding, said the school acknowledged African Awareness Day to show the students their heritage in an effort to make them proud of where their ancestors had come from.

“Their response has been awesome. At first, these boys could not drum or even figure out how to get the sound out of the drum. Some of the children in nursery were very scared of the drums; and now look at them,” the teacher told Barbados TODAY.

Varia Williams (right) has the full attention of students as she tells them a story about Africa.
Varia Williams (right) has the full attention of students as she tells them a story about Africa.
Students giving their full attention.
Students giving their full attention.
Libation time.
Libation time.
Historian Trevor Marshall (right) joined the boys of Eagle Hall Primary on the drums.
Historian Trevor Marshall (right) joined the boys of Eagle Hall Primary on the drums.

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