Southbank International School

Southbank International School

Kwame worked with two classes across the day at the Kensington Campus of the Southbank International school.

The day started with an assembly and a run through of some African artefacts to get the children thinking!

Then the children enjoyed Adinkra printing – learning about the meaning of the Adinkra symbols and how to create the cloth.

After this we explored the djembe drums and the children learnt to make a variety of sounds, including those of many of the animals in the anasai stories.

Finally we did some very energetic dancing!

Why do we do what we do?

Why do we do what we do?

Kwame recently received a request from Arts Professional Magazine to share his thoughts on Black History Month and the work that we do across the country.

You can see the article here , we would love to know what you think.

Drumming workshops for SEN students

Kwame Bakoji-Hume leading a group of SEN students at Woodlands special school

 

Back to Work!

Back to Work!

As much as it was wonderful to spend a month in Ghana, it is also very lovely to return.

My family picked me up at the airport and it was great to hear about what they have been up to whilst I was gone. I’m glad they were there to help with the baggage as well as we have lots of new drums and resources to use in your schools soon.

This week has been a lovely way to ease back into things as well, three schools I’ve been to so many times I can’t remember, a drum class at the Art House and finally a trip up to Birmingham on Friday – where we seem to be developing quite a fan base of schools!

I’m looking forward to sharing the new stories!

Kwame From Ghana

Kwame From Ghana

Kwame is currently in Buipe. We have been delighted by the progress of the returnees house which is now fully roofed and operational. The trees are growing well, unsurprisingly as Adamu is currently watering them three times a day!

The foundations are in for the river project and we are working hard to find the most viable sanitation solutions. 

Kwame met with his sister Candi (in the middle) yesterday. It was an emotional day, he hadn’t seen her for over 30 years.

Adinkra Symbols: Outcomes

Adinkra Symbols: Outcomes

We are often asked about outcomes from our adinkra printing workshops so I thought we would pop some up online for you to take a look at.

Adinkra is highly accessible and adaptable which means that a wide range of ages and abilities can access it in different ways and have different outcomes and experiences. We provide adinkra stamps, traditional adinkra cloth for students to look and and explore and of course a practitioner to explain all of the symbols, techniques and history behind the cloth.

It is possible for older students to explore making their own stamps – you might also wish to delve deeper into the proverbs behind many of the stamps – to explore the multiple meanings and what this might mean for you.