Audio Clip 4: Our primary school sessions
"If you can draw a symbol of what you think represents you. If you think you"re a happy person, you can draw a smiley face like this one and if you think you"re a really mean person then you can draw something really mean. Like a lightening bolt, cause that"s not very nice. Or another way of doing it, you might want to design a logo with whatever your initials are. You can make a logo out of your initials. Or whatever you like. We"ll come round and help you...
I think the children enjoy the drumming at the workshop the best but finding out about what the children actually think about Africa is the most interesting and watching how their views change during the workshop. They all have very stereotypical attitudes about Africa and they all expect to hear that everywhere is made of mud and that everyone"s extremely poor. The thing that surprised them most is that they do have computers in schools and that people do go to schools and that people do drive cars and things like that. They don"t expect to hear that.
The primary school children"s views on what they thought Africa would be like and the views of what we thought Africa would be like when we first started the project, are actually very similar which is quite surprising. I think basically everyone just thinks that it"s mud huts and barren landscapes and it"s not all like that.
I remember the first workshop we actually did, I felt it would be sort of strange talking with these children but it"s improved a lot and I"ve got a lot better with that. I didn"t know quite what to say to them at first because it"s quite hard to know how to approach them whether to be all motherly or talk to them as if they"re the same age and you're on the same level as them. But I think I'm a lot better at communication now."