Teachers and parents of the school had been searching for a long time for the right person to give a cultural presentation on Kenya. ajabuafrica.com was glad to step in and it provided a native Kenyan (real son-of-the-soil) to give a balanced presentation on culture, religion, politics and economic challenges facing Kenyans.
It was particularly amazing to the students to discover the reality of life in Kenya was very different from the one stereotyped by the mass media. They asked many questions which propagated a lively and informative discussion.
Interesting cultural similarities and differences between major ethnic groups, man-wildlife conflict and its effect on the environment and other pertinent socio-political and religious issues were featured.
The teachers too, were perplexed to see how candid the ajabuafrica.com staffer’s presentation was as opposed to reading books about Kenya written by non-Kenyans. They also noted the importance of cultural and diversity awareness in opening up the students minds to different views and experiences around the world.
The key objective of holding cultural presentations in schools is to disengage the students from focusing on the local street gang mentality and to inspire them to seek a world of greater good beyond their communities. In the Boston area, the African American community in particular is plagued by serious gang violence and any intervention method is most welcome to try and stem the tide.
Harrison Maina of ajabuafrica.com demonstrates how to use a maasai sword to
an attentiveYoung Achievers class in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
ajabuafrica.com promised to look into the possibility of the students visiting Kenya on a guided tour so as to afford them the chance to see first hand how the other part of the world survives. And more importantly, for them to realize how much they are wasting when they fail to benefit from being citizens of the richest nation on earth.
ajabuafrica.com made a similar presentation in June, 2007 to first grade pupils of Lincoln School in Winchester, MA and is looking forward to more presentations next year.
It is worthwhile to note that proceeds from these presentations are channeled to ShiningHope.org, an organization that helps AIDS-orphaned children in Kenya.
by ajabuafrica.com Team
Students were amazed by the Kenyan Handcrafts
Students pose for a class photo with ajabuafrica.com staff (Red shirt)
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