One World Week

Victoria is a Unicef rights respecting school and as such we celebrated ‘One World Week’ with a special assembly. Each year, thousands of people take part in ‘One World Week’ events across the country. The week also included United Nations day on the 24th October. Our assembly was also a great opportunity to launch Victoria’s charity of the year. This year we have chosen actionade which is an international charity working in over 45 countries. They work with the poorest women and girls in the world, changing their lives for good. The students watched an interesting presentation from Lisa and Amy highlighting the work of actionade before being entertained by Josh and Alain who played the Kora (African Harp) and the traditional African Djembe drum.

From the age of 8 Josh Doughty learnt how to play his first piece of music on the Kora, a West African 21-string, harp. Watching and listening to the melodic instrument as a child, Josh developed a fascination for the Kora and a desire to master this unique and complex instrument, he combines the traditional rhythms of Mali with modern western influences. Josh is joined by Alain Rouamba from Burkina Faso. Alain grew up in Ouagadougou, the capital, and learned from a Griot family, where he was always surrounded by music. He learnt to play instruments like the Ngoni (African harp), Djembe (traditional African drums) and percussion from a young age.

Our thanks go to Josh and Alain for a captivating performance and to Amy Ward, Belinda Ellicott, Lisa Boyes and Amy Hunt.

 

 

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