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'Exploring Africa'

'Exploring Africa'

‘Exploring Africa’

Every year Radley and Downe House take it in turn to host a Fifth-form Conference. In the last couple of years the focus has been on China and the US, but with Radley hosting the 2016 edition it was felt that the time was right to explore Africa further. 

On Wednesday 5th October 240 students (all Year 11 students from both schools) joined together in the New Theatre. Here they were treated to talks by ISY and Matt Clarke OR, a photographer and Musician. The students then split into groups and completed two workshops either side of an African-themed lunch. These workshops ranged from African Dance, Drumming, Image Making and Body Art to African Culture, female empowerment and the Wealth Gap. These workshops were run by www.educationgroup and www.streetstylesurgery as well as dons EGP, REPH and MH. The day finished on a real high with Keynote Speaker Greg Dorey. He was the British Ambassador to Ethiopia from 2011 to 2015 and has just retired from the Foreign Office. His wealth of knowledge as well as his fascinating story telling meant that the audience were well entertained as well as far more informed with the way in which African countries operate.

Clearly this conference has only just scratched the surface of what is an exciting and developing continent. I hope the students understanding of Africa has been enriched, that they had an enjoyable day and are keen to find out more in class or through their own pursuits.

MH

 

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