Workshops for Secondary Schools and Colleges

Welcome to African Activities workshops for secondary schools and for colleges. African Activities is an established group of Artists delivering drumming workshops, dance workshops and art workshops across the UK. We are not an agency, workshops are delivered by us - experienced facilitators with CRB/DBS checks and £10m Public Liability Insurance.

We arrive in national dress (just what we wear not a costume!) and talk about our lives and take questions as we teach the workshops, enabling us to explore and challenge preconceptions.

All our school workshops aim to introduce positive views of Africa and challenge stereotypes. Activities are unifying, adapting to the differing abilities of those within the group.

 

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We are happy to base your workshop on a theme, please do have a look at some of the options below to see how we can bring a global dimension to your students learning.

History

Geography

British Values

Performing Arts

RE

Art & DT

A history workshop for your secondary school would use storytelling, artifacts and personal experience of Slave Forts in Ghana. Meaning we can really bring the issues of the transatlantic slave trade alive.

 

Free form question and answer sessions often provide the most thought provoking material as students are encouraged to ask any questions, no matter how odd. A process which often brings up cultural difference and stereotyping in a gentle way, enabling students to really address their own thought processes and assumptions (and for us as practitioners to reevaluate too!).

 

Did you know that the first church in Ghana was built in the slave fort at Cape Coast?

What link do you think there was between religion and the slave trade?

How do oral histories work and how trustworthy do you think they are?

 

We also offer black history month workshops, celebrating and sharing the fantastic things about West Africa, specifically Ghanaian, Senegalese, Gambian and Guinean cultures.  In a time where a 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.

 

 

We are happy to work with you to ensure your secondary school geography workshop meets your learning objectives. Essentially our practitioners act as a resource enabling you to bring the experience of Africa into your classroom.

 

For example, past students have explored Agbogbloshie in Accra, one of the world’s largest e-waste recycling centres.  A fun art activity exploring milk bottles begins to get students to explore ways in which equipment could be recycled with all it possibilities and limitations.  Images and personal experience of Agbogbloshie and other waste dumps are shared with open questions to try to get students to imagine what it feels like to live and work there and what challenges people might face.

 

Other options include fair trade, especially related to value added processing. Free form question and answer sessions often provide the most thought provoking material as students are encouraged to ask any questions, no matter how odd. A process which often brings up cultural difference and stereotyping in a gentle way that enables students to really address their own though processes and assumptions (and for us as practitioners to re-evaluate too!).

 

We are unlikely to address material poverty in Ghana without highlighting aspirational poverty in Newham. We are likely to mention Africa is also a continent which holds the majority of the minerals it takes to make your mobile phone. A continent with numerous matrilineal societies and a continent in which the majority vote at elections.

 

We can of course also bring drums, cloth, cooking materials and other artefacts to enable students to get a glimpse into village life and begin imagining what it might be like. This could include drumming and/or dancing if you wished. Our workshops celebrate and share the fantastic things about West Africa, specifically Ghanaian, Senegalese, Gambian and Guinean cultures.  In a time where a 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.

African Activities is the UKs leading provider of African themed workshops to UK schools, sharing authentic African experiences since 2005.

 

  • Do you want to explore British Values from a genuinely global perspective?
  • Would you like to offer tried and tested authentic learning experiences to bring the world into your classroom?
  • Do you want to motivate, challenge and inspire your students?

 

Practitioners who have 'chosen' to be British will explain what it means to them and how this interacts with their race, religion and birth place.  Our practitioners are united by music, culture and tradition.  They also come from diverse religious back grounds including Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, African Ancestral, Rastafarians and Baye Fall Muslims.

 

A visit from me, or one of my practitioners offers your students a unique opportunity to learn about culture and religion though music, dance, storytelling and ritual. Free form question and answer sessions often provide the most thought provoking material as students are encouraged to ask any questions, no matter how odd. A process which often brings up cultural difference and stereotyping in a gentle way that enables students to really address their own thought processes and assumptions (and for us as practitioners to re-evaluate too!).

 

West Africa is synonymous with music and of course we offer drum and dance workshops from skilled and talented practitioners.  Professional dancers from Senegambia can teach and display Djembe dance, Sabar dance and Simb Lion Dance. From Ghana you can explore Adowa and Panlogo dances. Drumming options can include Djembe, Panlogo and Sabar drums.

 

We also offer storytelling and confidence workshops where students can be introduced to the art form and its practice as a teacher and a carrier of traditional histories.

Our practitioners are united by music, culture and tradition.  They also come from diverse religious back grounds including Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, African Ancestral, Rastafarians and Baye Fall Muslims.

 

A visit from me, or one of my practitioners offers your students a unique opportunity to learn about culture and religion though music, dance, storytelling and ritual. Free form question and answer sessions often provide the most thought provoking material as students are encouraged to ask any questions, no matter how odd. A process which often brings up cultural difference and stereotyping in a gentle way that enables students to really address their own thought processes and assumptions (and for us as practitioners to re-evaluate too!).

 

At a time where many student’s main introduction to Africa is one of poverty and disease it is a joy to bring the music, dance, stories and culture that we are so proud of. In Ghana, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea we have been particularly proud of our culture's tolerance and acceptance of different religions and this world view is something we are passionate to share.

 

Our African Art workshops for Secondary schools are led by Kwame. Kwame is a graduate from the Ghannata College of Arts in Accra and went on to be the artist in residence at the Centre for National Culture in Ghana. He is ready to lead your students in many media from textiles to recycling and everything in between.

 

Over the years we have worked with students to create; costumes, flocks of birds, African villages, jewellery, pots, paintings and more! We are sure together we can come up with something that will be perfect for your students. All our workshops are inclusive with focus on engaging every child.

 

Our workshops celebrate and share 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.

 

We can work with you over a day creating works for students to keep or for an instillations within your school. We can also attend your school on a residency basis - please do contact us for details.

 

A visit from our practitioners can be about a lot more than just music, dance and art. It can bring a truly global dimension to your classroom that makes students re-evaluate their choices. Things students have said following our workshops...

 

"You showed me how to believe in myself"

 

"I realised some of the things I take for granted are precious gifts. I never thought of education as a privilege before, its made me think I should ask for less and try to earn more."

 

"I'm not sure if you know, but I was in a genuinely bad place when we did the arts mark award. The sessions really helped me climb out of the dark and I'll never forget your story, it gave me hope when I really needed it."

 

"I've never really thought about being African before. It feels good to feel proud."

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Why choose us?
 
  • We teach all ages and abilities
  • Instruments for groups up to 100
  • All staff enhanced CRB / DBS checked
  • All staff tax registered UK Nationals
  • Public Liability Insurance £10 million
  • Adaptive equipment for disabled groups
  • Fully inclusive lessons
  • We are NOT an agency!
  • Clear costs and fees
Planning an Africa Day or an Arts Week?
 
We can help you plan your activities - if you would like us to run all the events, we can. Equally we can provide ideas for activities you may wish to carry out yourselves. If you have a theme you would like to explore through the arts we would love to work with you.  We have explored fair trade, sustainability and the movement of music and stories through the African Diaspora following the slave trade.

 

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African Activities was established in 2005, we exist to provide authentic experiences, performances, workshops and events.  Our team consists of practitioners who are from the cultures whose art forms they teach, adding a richer more authentic tone to all of our activities.  We use our cultures as a catalyst to provoke debate, to increase understanding and to promote change.

 

Our practitioners are experts in their field.  Kwame was the artist in residence at the national centre for culture in Ghana for many years, he has been joined by Griots, master drummers and master Dancers from across West Africa.  Our practitioners arrive in their national dress - not a costume!  Ultimately they are of their culture; it means correctly pronounced songs, matched rhythms, and the ability to match the needs of the audience they are working with.

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  • Music

    West Africa is synonymous with music! We offer a variety of options tailored specifically for GCSE music students, but also general sessions for students to engage with music in different and exciting ways.

     

    All of our drum workshops have elements of bass drum (DunDun), shaker (Shekere) and of course the bell (KenKen). The Djembe drums work well for introduction and students of varying abilities can quickly have success and join the beat.  More complex beat options are available, but we also offer Panlogo workshops – a stick and a hand drum. Complex polyrhythms make up the beat and it is perfect for gifted musicians or GCSE students wanting to see this art form in action.

     

    It is easy for music sessions to be mixed with dance and bringing the two together is a fantastic way for students to really appreciate and experience our culture.

     

    Sessions also encourage debate and questioning to give students an idea of how music is used within our culture to heal, unite and keep our history.  In a time where many student’s main introduction to Africa is one of poverty and disease it is a joy to bring the music, dance, stories and culture that we are so proud of.

     

     

  • Religious Education

    Our practitioners are united by music, culture and tradition.  They also come from diverse religious back grounds including Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, African Ancestral, Rastafarians and Baye Fall Muslims.

     

    A visit from me, or one of my practitioners offers your students a unique opportunity to learn about culture and religion though music, dance, storytelling and ritual. Free form question and answer sessions often provide the most thought provoking material as students are encouraged to ask any questions, no matter how odd. A process which often brings up cultural difference and stereotyping in a gentle way that enables students to really address their own though processes and assumptions (and for us as practitioners to re-evaluate too!).

     

    At a time where many student’s main introduction to Africa is one of poverty and disease it is a joy to bring the music, dance, stories and culture that we are so proud of. In Ghana, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea we have been particularly proud of our cultures tolerance and acceptance of different religions and this world view is something we are passionate to share.

     

  • History

    Using storytelling, artifacts and personal experience of Slave Forts in Ghana we can really bring the issues of the transatlantic slave trade alive.

     

    Free form question and answer sessions often provide the most thought provoking material as students are encouraged to ask any questions, no matter how odd. A process which often brings up cultural difference and stereotyping in a gentle way, enabling students to really address their own though processes and assumptions (and for us as practitioners to reevaluate too!).

     

    Did you know that the first church in Ghana was built in the slave fort at Cape Coast?

    What link do you think there was between religion and the slave trade?

    How do oral histories work and how trust worthy do you think they are?

     

    We also 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.

     

     

  • Off Timetable mixed arts day

    Case Study - Africa Day with year 7

     

    The event is run on a two stream carousel so 2 sessions of dance, 2 of drumming and 2 of storytelling. There are nearly 200 students in each year group and so 30 students in each session.

     

    The Creative Arts team organises the annual Cultural Arts Day for students in year 7 in the summer of every year.  The aim is to enable students to experience art, music, singing, dancing and storytelling from different cultures.

     

    African Activities leads the day with an assembly followed by drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling workshops.  Even during break we will operate, leading students on a ‘Congo dance’ around the central school courtyard.

     

    Mrs Liz McLaughlin, Acting Head of Creative Arts said, “What a wonderful Cultural Arts day. The whole school was filled with the sounds of Africa as Year 7s enjoyed workshops in African storytelling, drumming, dance and mask making. This is the first time we have used the company African Activities and it certainly won’t be the last.  Kwame and co. were certainly a hit with the pupils and came to Perins in traditional dress and bringing with them over 100 African drums!"

  • Performing arts

    West Africa is synonymous with music and of course we offer drum and dance workshops from skilled and talented practitioners.  Professional dancers from Senegambia can teach and display Djembe dance, Sabar dance and Simb Lion Dance. From Ghana you can explore Adowa and Panlogo dances. Drumming options can include Djembe, Panlogo and Sabar drums.

     

    We also offer storytelling and confidence workshops where students can be introduced to the art form and its practice as a teacher and a carrier of traditional histories.

  • Geography

    We are happy to work with you to ensure your workshop meets your learning objectives. Essentially our practitioners act as a resource enabling you to bring the experience of Africa into your classroom.

     

    For example past students have explored Agbogbloshie in Accra, one of the world’s largest e-waste recycling centres.  A fun art activity exploring milk bottles begins to get students to explore ways in which equipment could be recycled with all it possibilities and limitations.  Images and personal experience of Agbogbloshie and other waste dumps are shared with open questions to try to get students to imagine what it feels like to live and work there and what challenges people might face.

     

    Other options include fair trade, especially related to value added processing. Free form question and answer sessions often provide the most thought provoking material as students are encouraged to ask any questions, no matter how odd. A process which often brings up cultural difference and stereotyping in a gentle way that enables students to really address their own though processes and assumptions (and for us as practitioners to re-evaluate too!).

     

    We are unlikely to address material poverty in Ghana without highlighting aspirational poverty in Newham. We are likely to mention Africa is also a continent which holds the majority of the minerals it takes to make your mobile phone. A continent with numerous matrilineal societies and a continent in which the majority vote at elections.

     

    We can of course also bring drums, cloth, cooking materials and other artefacts to enable students to get a glimpse into village life and begin imagining what it might be like. This could include drumming and/or dancing if you wished. Our workshops celebrate and share 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.

  • Art and Design

    Our African Art workshops for Secondary schools are led by Kwame. Kwame is a graduate from the Ghannata College of Arts in Accra and went on to be the artist in residence at the Centre for National Culture in Ghana. He is ready to lead your students in many media from textiles to recycling and everything in between.

     

    Over the years we have worked with students to create; costumes, flocks of birds, African villages, jewellery, pots, paintings and more! We are sure together we can come up with something that will be perfect for your students. All our workshops are inclusive with focus on engaging every child.

     

    Our workshops celebrate and share 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.

     

    We can work with you over a day creating works for students to keep or for an instillations within your school. We can also attend your school on a residency basis - please do contact us for details.

     

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