Schools Programme For African Heritage Month

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A number of schools in Barbados will commemorate Africian Heritage Month with activities, over the next few weeks. As a highlight, most students will be wearing African garb.

On Wednesday, February 23, St. Paul’s Primary School, Britton’s Cross Road, St. Michael will host an "African Awareness Day" under the theme ???Embracing Who We Are’ from 9:00 a.m.?? Students and teachers will display their African wear and hair styles and there will be an exhibition of food, literature and artifacts. Children will also present work on the life and times of black international icons including Nelson Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King.

The following day, Thursday, February 24, students at Sharon Primary School, Sharon, St. Thomas will model their African wear and display artifacts from the continent. This starts at 9:00 a.m.

The Grantley Adams Memorial School, Blackman’s, St. Joseph, which is undertaking a Transatlantic Slave Trade (TST) Project under the aegis of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will hosts its programme on Friday, February 25 from 9:30 a.m.?? It will include drama, singing and an exhibition that will showcase the design of a mural for the school, to commemorate the TST.

On February 28, from 8:45 a.m., the George Lamming Primary School, Flint Hall, St. Michael, with the assistance of the Pan African Commission, will celebrate the day with an exhibition of children’s work and African artifacts. Deputy Director of the Commission, Tempu Nefetari, will address the students, while dramatist, Michelle Barrow will tell stories. NIFCA award-winner and pupil of the school, Ricardo Reid will also perform.?? African apparel will be the order of the day.

At the Combermere School, Waterford, St. Michael, which is another signatory to the UNESCO TST project, "Cultural Awareness Day" will be celebrated on March 1, from 9:00 a.m. with a potpourri of food; dance; poetry; calypso and tuk band music depicting aspects of the lives of former enslaved persons. Among the list of participants scheduled to perform that day will be Red Plastic Bag; John King and Gabby, from 12:30 p.m.??

jgill@barbados.gov.bb

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