Black History Month workshops for secondary schools
We offer black history month workshops, celebrating and sharing the fantastic things about West African, and specifically Ghanaian, Senegalese, Gambian and Guinean culture. In a time where student’s main introduction to Africa can be one of poverty and disease it is a joy to bring the music, dance, stories and culture that we are so proud of.
Of course we also offer a historical approach colonialism, the slave trade or our struggle for independence. For example the commonality and difference between Boudicca and Yaa Asantewaa is a great talking point!
A single practitioner can visit and see 6 classes a day with one activity. Alternatively the African takeover enables us to bring a number of practitioners for an off timetable day. This will include all of the activities plus performance and the opportunity to explore the diversity and differences across West Africa. Here is what we have done for two years with Perins School.
We can be flexible to meet your requirements and have explored many learning objectives indulging fair trade, slavery and global warming. You can mix and match types of workshops for no extra cost and sessions are from 30 minutes (Nursery/Reception) to approximately 1 hour (all other age groups) or, of course, we can take one class in depth for the whole day.
Running a Workshop
Let us know your learning objectives and desired outcomes early and we can work together to plan the best outcome for your school.
We bring everything you might need - the only extras are:
For junk modelling we will ask students to select specific items. For example to make masks they will need to bring a milk bottle and newspapers and magazines.
For Adinkra there is a materials charge of £10 per class.
How can we combine Workshops?
During the sessions, clothing and masks can be produced for performance, as can the instruments themselves!
Storytelling and song can be used as part of the sessions to engage students and to ensure they leave the session with an even deeper understanding of Ghanaian culture. There is no additional charge for mixing and matching any of our workshops, but remember one practitioner can only be in one place at once!
The kids were really buzzing after the workshops and every single one that I asked said they thought it was brilliant. I will definitely be recommending you to colleagues in other schools and hope that we can use you again.
The hurligham Academy
This was an absolutely fantastic and worthwhile experience for our students. The performance at the end of the day made them feel incredibly proud and confident - a brilliant day facilitated by the happiest workshop leaders I've ever worked with.
All of the students have had such a valuable experience, and we have had excellent feedback regarding your company. Kwame was evidently very experienced, and engaged with the students really well. He also worked with the school's agenda, and the day ran very smoothly. I hope that we will be able to work with you again next year.
BASINGSTOKE COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
It was great as always!! The learners were really interested, got involved and we had some fantastic feedback. They said: it was amazing, epic, learnt something new and thoroughly enjoyed myself
Thanks so much for the workshops today. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. (Children and Adults!)
We love your passion and enthusiasm and we learnt so much from you about your culture. We will definitely be in touch about booking some more workshops next year.
We had an absolutely super morning with Kwame and team – they were so friendly and pitched the sessions at exactly the right level. The girls and staff had a super time!