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SSIS Students Initiate Africa Week at School

February, 2013
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ssis-africa-weekWhen thinking of Africa, many visualize pain and suffering but fail to see the beauty and diversity that it offers. Hence, Africa Week was initiated by a group of students who wanted to showcase to their classmates the true face of Africa. Each day of Africa Week focused on a particular area or cause that gave students and staff of Shanghai Singapore International School a rounded perspective of this beautiful continent.

Monday was the introduction of Africa – the history, landmarks, geological information, food and traditions of which many were unaware. On Tuesday, dancers from Kliptown Youth program in South Africa performed during assembly and touched the hearts of many with their endearing tale of struggle. The students did their part to support the KYP dancers by paying to have photos taken with them and give them words of support. Wednesday saw students answering questions to donate free rice to the hungry all over the world. On Thursday, students and staff bought handmade red ribbons and wore them proudly throughout the day to show their support for the prevention of the spread of AIDS in Africa. A massive bake sale featuring a variety of baked goods was held to purchase mosquito nets for families in Africa in a bid to stop the spread of malaria. Many flocked to the bake sale to show their support for great food and a remarkable cause, buying over 70 nets.

Overall, Africa Week has changed the way many see Africa. It is not just a land filled with desolation but it is a place with an abundance of cultures, traditions and people from different tribes and tongues. It has also brought the school together to unite against the threats Africa faces, and to show support for this incredible continent.


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