Kids get a continent’s drift

Grangemouth High School pupils take part in Africa Week
Grangemouth High School pupils take part in Africa Week
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High school pupils have been enjoying the sights, sounds, tales and tastes of Africa this week.

Youngsters at Grangemouth High took part in their first ever “Africa Week” to celebrate the continent and its rich history, culture and cuisine.

School librarian Anne
 Ngabia used her contacts in the African community to help organise the event, which she hopes will take place every year.

She said: “The community has really come together to make this all possible. We just wanted to show the youngsters there is also a good side to Africa, despite what they may read or see in the media.

“Hopefully it will change their attitudes to Africa in a fun way. A lot of pupils were surprised to learn it was not one big country, but made up of 55 smaller countries.”

On Monday, Callum Paton (13) was one of the second year pupils who dressed up in traditional African clothing and listened to the proverbs and tales of Kenyan storyteller Mara Menzies.

“It was really interesting,” he said. “We were told one story about the relationship between the sun and the moon.”

Tuesday saw a visit from a Nigerian musician who gave pupils a demonstration of the songs, sounds and rhythms associated with different areas of Africa and also shared a few secrets on successful hair braiding.

Celebrated children’s author Beverley Naidoo is visiting the school today (Thursday) to read from her novels, which include ‘Journey to Jo’burg’ and ‘No Turning Back: A Novel of South Africa’, and share her memories of her time in Africa.

Now living in the UK, the South African-born author was arrested when she was a student for her brave stance against apartheid.

The week ends with a visit by staff from Falkirk’s only African restaurant, The Jambo Grill, who will give youngsters a chance to learn more about, and sample, some of the continent’s delicacies.

Throughout the week Grangemouth High departments have all been doing their bit to promote Africa in their own way.

Mrs Ngabia said: “The science department has been looking at the causes of malaria and the business department at African currency and its value compared to the rest of the world.”