African awareness alive at Maria Holder

The adorable three and four-year-olds at Maria Holder Nursery School took the spotlight yesterday as they celebrated African Awareness Day.

Before beaming parents and guardians, as well as the proud teachers of the school whose hard word showed in their performances, the children thrilled the packed school hall with their songs and dance.

The children taking in the appreciation from the audience.
Cute African models.
Getting down to a dance.

After an initial welcome by principal Shelley Boyce, emcee Mario Vanterpoole and effervescent teacher Gem Bonnett took the children through a medley of songs and recitations that reinforced the benefits of self-awareness and self-love.

Noted dance instructor and cultural practitioner Tyrone Trotman also led the little ones in a chanting and dance session, all the while moving to the rhythmic beat of his drums.

A highlight of the occasion was a piece of verse delivered by Gale Carter entitled The Black Poem that examined questions of ethnicity and origins in a simple and easily understandable manner for those gathered. Carter’s energy on stage was infectious.

Bonnett also gave a slide presentation on aspects of the African continent as they related to its people, geography, culture and social infrastructure. This was very well received.

The children also got the opportunity to parade in their colourful African-styled prints. There was also an assortment of African-themed artifacts and children’s artwork on display.

4 Responses to African awareness alive at Maria Holder

  1. jrsmith February 25, 2017 at 11:43 am

    What are these kids going to be aware of…. for now but what awareness would they have tomorrow and the day after….bearing in mind there is only one black history month……..

  2. Mikey February 25, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    jrsmith,,,, Having ONE Black History month does not mean that they cannot learn about black history every day !!!

  3. Leah R February 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Mikey, this is very true, but the issue I think jrsmith is referring to is that black history needs to be taught on a more regular basis, that it needs to be a consistent part of the curriculum, taught in our homes. Let’s not fool ourselves. This is not being done. Some schools only have one day that focus on Africa or black history, not even the whole month. Mikey, what are you doing as an individual or part of a group or an organisation to forward black history knowledge and understanding? We all have to play a part and stop standing by and criticising each other.

  4. Bobo February 26, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Caribbean civilization — these little angels how beautiful they are in their Africana costume–but at this age what do they understand about history– instead they should be be learning a new foreign language- their future pertain to the high tec world–folks future companies are not employing anyone without two languages one foreign and local, and foreign language serve for– if thy cannot find work in their country –tap -tap the high tec and off they go-

    Caribbean Folks, Africans still see us as Slaves.


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