Africanesque day by day

Why wait until February to observe African Awareness, when you can every day?

This is the mantra of the staff and pupils of Erdiston Nursery, who decorated their school with African art and artefacts last Friday.

In particular, exhibited were hung images of the first black president of South Africa, the late Nelson Mandela, as the school hosted festivities Africanesque.

Featured also were the flag and maps of South Africa, as other maps of the African continent; face painting portraits, African songs and foods, like South Africa’s national dish Doro Wat, said to be a favourite of Mandela.

Visitors to the Pine Gardens, St Michael school were greeted by a regal-looking red carpet, compliments of Abed’s, as tots modelled, striking poses and smiles in their best African garb, in anticipation ofthe “paparazzi”.

Some of the teachers too came ready for the “paparazzi”.
Some of the teachers too came ready for the “paparazzi”.
Jacobi Cumberbatch and Danisha Howard.
Jacobi Cumberbatch and Danisha Howard.

There was the special appearance by the king and queen of the African Awareness celebration of the Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary School, with queen Jendayi Gittens impressing with a special dance recital.

This little girl showed the audience how she beats the drum.
This little girl showed the audience how she beats the drum.

The Pinelands Creative Workshop also performed.

With the focus this year on Nelson Madiba Mandela, the Erdiston Nursery pupils had a grand time learning about him, principal Rosina Rowe told Barbados TODAY. They learnt about his childhood, his marriages and children, his imprisonment, release, and ultimately of the inspiration he became for millions of people across the world.

Principal Rosina Rowe.
Principal Rosina Rowe.

This would have been the first time many of these three- and four-year-olds had heard of Madiba –– but they caught on quickly, Rowe said. And this was further helped by the fact many of their parents willingly got involved in the learning.

“They saw photos of his prison cell and all things associated with him. It was an in-depth investigation into his history. It finished a bit late, but it was well done. They can say to you Amandla Awetu [power to the people] –– and they did it very well this morning. We tried to give the children a good solid foundation about Nelson Mandela and all the things that he went through, and at the end were victorious,” she said.

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