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The town of Cape Coast, Ghana, is alive with flags - they flutter in the wind in the fishing harbour and are used by the local Asafo groups in their traditional dances. Mr Zachary is about to sew a new flag for one of the Asafo groups. He goes to the market to buy the fabric, before sewing the flag under the cover of night. The next morning he hands over the flag to the group, at the Asafo shrine. There is singing to call for blessing from the ancestors, then all the Asafo groups of Cape Coast parade through the streets – dancing and waving their flags all the way to the castle.
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4 March 2010

Classroom Ideas

Flags exist worldwide as symbols of belonging and identity, festival and celebration. Children can take inspiration from this clip to design and create their own flags, considering shapes, colours, badges or symbols to be included. Designs can be sketched, refined and agreed upon before making the finished product. Local festivals, fetes or parades are ideal opportunities to create flags or banners for a specific purpose, but they could equally be used to represent local landmarks, characters or events on permanent display in school. Accessible methods for flag making in school include using fabric pens and paints on cotton material, silk painting, wax batik, as well as a range of different sewing techniques. This is also an ideal opportunity to draw on support and expertise from within the local community to create a wider project. A specific event also gives a focus, timescale and an audience to appreciate all the hard work.

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