Helping children to understand African culture through music, song and dance.
Pupils in a Dublin school learn about African dress, music and dance in a workshop organised by Comhlámh. Set up by a group of Irish development workers who had returned home, Comhlámh is an organisation working to promote awareness of social justice, human rights, and global development issues. One of their many projects involves educational sessions for schools.
Desmond Carthy from Ghana teaches the children music, song, and dance called Kundum.
The other teacher is Camilla Dourcey, who came to Ireland from Lesotho seventeen years ago. She has done similar workshops in thirteen Dublin primary schools and has always had a positive response from the children involved.
Craftwork also figures prominently in the project. The children all tie-dyed their own African garments and will put on a show for their parents. A qualified computer scientist, Camilla is totally committed to these workshops as a means of combating the ignorance that can lead to prejudice,
The aim of the project is to prove the positive side to Africa, towards black people, because in Ireland, we still find some prejudice, and it might not be as much as it is in London but nonetheless, you do find some prejudice.
Camilla explains one aspect of racial prejudice which she comes up against on a regular basis in Ireland,
I know that job finding is difficult for anybody at this time but when you are an outsider it is even more difficult. When you are an outsider and you are black it is even more difficult and when you are an outsider and if you are black, and you are a woman, then you are talking about a big difficulty.
An ‘Evening Extra’ report broadcast on 19 January 1988. The reporter is Ingrid Miley.
'Evening Extra' was a nightly magazine programme which ran from Monday to Friday at 7 pm dealing with current issues and people in the news. The first episode was aired on Monday 13 October 1986 and it ran for 278 shows over 2 years until the final show on 29 April 1988. The programme had numerous presenters and reporters including Siobhan Cleary, Richard Crowley, Bibi Baskin, Aonghus McAnally and Shay Healy.