done Workshops in a few different schools,
I thought this would be just the same
as all the other schools, but I was
surprised when it transpired that these
workshops were quite different.
have been facilitating workshops in
schools where the demographics consist
of children primarily from white middle
class families, with a minority who
are from black middle class families.
Most of these children come from Christian
homes and some declare that they come
from atheist homes. Nevertheless workshops
was enjoyed by all and we managed to
break barriers and stereotypes whilst
creating an atmosphere where we the
facilitators and the school pupils were
like a family.
made Crown Hills Community College different
was the fact that, it is located in
a part of Leicester where the demographics
was predominately Asian and most of
the pupils were Muslim. That fact that
all our songs were Gospel Songs which
expressly speak of Jesus as being God;
I wondered how this was going to work.
But I thank God everything worked out
fine and there were no barriers.
first song we did with them was ‘Tambira
Jehovah’ which means ‘Dance for Jehovah’.
They loved this song, and their drama
teacher Mrs Jo Nyamudya, had already
done some dance moves with the pupils.
This was a great outlet for the young
students who used up a lot of energy.
The Crown Hill students who were much older than students we have worked with before and this enhanced our experience in working with different age groups and with those who have different religious beliefs. Despite the deference in religious beliefs the Muslim children still choose to attend and fully participated every week and enjoy the singing, dancing and sign language.
Initially my remit was only to play the keyboard with their music Teacher and we complimented each other well as he played the guitar. After a few weeks we did a few sessions of African drumming, and the pupils enjoyed this so much that is was included in our programme. We also incorporated some Shona greeting words into the drumming and this made the drumming even more enjoyable. We also used other languages containing Southern African vowels with drumming, which was the first step for the students in learning words and phrases from African languages.
This cannot be happening anywhere else other than the City of God, Leicester which is a beacon of excellence for equality and diversity with its diverse community consisting of many races, religion and cultures. We look forward and anticipate future workshops with Crown Hills, as they have now been inspired to form a school choir.