Neums of Namibia

South African dance, drumming and storytelling were the order of the day as pupils at Croftcroighn School in Glasgow enjoyed their own Celebrate event. Twinned win a special needs school in Commonwealth country Namibia, the pupils were embracing South African culture as they celebrated the traditions of their fellows Namibian pupils.

As these fabulous Flickr images show, the pupils had a fun filled and educational day which took place in front of a striking Namibian backdrop. This soundscape, created by the children, depicted a day in the life of Namibia using African instruments.

Neums of Namibia

Neums of Namibia

The pupils also took part in a celebratory drama performance of an African mother and her two children going through the day, dressed in traditional bright pink Ovambo dress.  African drummers and musicians meanwhile provided the sound track to the day and had the whole room dancing to a vibrant beat.

Also taking part in the big day were parents, friends and the wider community who were invited to share in learning about Namibia and other African countries through dance, stories art food and music.

Eight year old pupil Lee, said, “My favourite part was seeing the dancers” and Kieran, 10, said, “I really enjoyed the drumming – it was so much fun.”

The parents also had a fantastic time.  Shola Adeleki, who narrated the event said, “It was a good experience of coming together and learning more about other African countries.  It felt real and supported.  I met new people, tried new dishes – it was a big thing for me.”

The Neums of Namibia project from Croftcroighn School received a Celebrate grant of £5,830.

The school was recently announced as the winner of 2014 Games Closing Ceremony tickets as part of the Scottish Government’s Legacy ticket initiative.

Teacher, Helen Cais, who co-ordinated the project said, “Winning these tickets is the cherry on top of a fantastic Commonwealth project, all made possible by the Celebrate award.  We are absolutely thrilled.”


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