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.