Year 7 Perform with Pearl of Africa Children's Choir
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By Elvie Robinson, Year 9
On Monday 13th November 2017, teachers, students and parents had the opportunity to attend the Pearl Of Africa evening with music, singing, dancing, food and a gift shop - where the group from Uganda sell their creations. Mr. Rabey, from Richard Lander, says, “This is probably their best performance yet.” He would say to them, “I hope we’re making a difference in the best way possible
to end suffering.” In 2015, the charity reached their goal of £350,000 for the Molly and Paul Child Care Foundation that has been running for over 35 years. After each year, visiting schools, they go
back to East Africa in order to use the money to benefit the lives of their people. This can be in many ways such as clean water, housing orphans, improving homes, offering education and medication.
Without this money, they wouldn’t have six schools, 2,000 students, and ten homes.
Before the evening, year seven students at Richard Lander were involved in workshops with some of the Uganda choir, learning drumming, singing and dancing. At 6:30pm, over 800 people came to
watch the group - 14 dancers and 4 members of staff - perform songs for two hours. One of their songs is translated as, ‘The Dance of the Cattle.’ As well as this, year 7 were invited to join the
dancers up on the stage to perform with them. In the interval, I asked a member of the audience, Mark, a few questions: “I have really enjoyed the night so far. I like the headteacher and how wide
the age range is. I also love how energetic the music is, it reminds me of when I used to live in central-East Africa, Burundi until I was 8.”
66 students in year ten get to travel to Uganda in the summer, where they will help to fix buildings, paint, install solar power and a library with money raised in school. Auntie Annet – Headteacher in
Uganda – gives thanks to Richard Lander School on the night. “The children are feeling very happy and blessed.”