Oakhurst Primary School’s unique international primary curriculum was extended in January when two Maasai warriors talked in an assembly about growing up in traditional societies.
Grosper Mollel and Kephas Ndiamasi, both teachers at a school in Tanzania, had the children spellbound with their singing which included a number of vertical leaps. Grosper explained that warriors develop the spring in their jumps from a young age to make them attractive to a future wife. He then surprised the assembly by pulling out a three foot knife, when enacting with Kephas how to fight off an attacking lion.
The warriors were invited to visit the Swindon Young People’s Empowerment Programme which runs Tranquillity Zones in 23 primary and secondary schools. The initiative set up by the Swindon Baha’i community is marking its tenth year.
Fidelma Meehan, project co-ordinator said, “the programme is designed for all children and young people. Its aim is to develop a healthy human spirit and enable children and young people to get a vision of their potential, and become responsible citizens of the world.
“We hope to expand the programme beyond Swindon this year, and we are delighted that the Maasai warriors are now considering how this could be of benefit to their school in Tanzania.”
For details call Fidelma Meehan on 07970 868364.
Pictured: Children learning how to leap like the Maasai