Drum­ming up sup­port

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

VIC­TO­RIA Park Cen­tral Shop­ping Cen­tre was alive with the sounds of African drum­ming, but it was school chil­dren who had shop­pers trans­fixed.

The stu­dents of Or­ange Grove Pri­mary School have been learn­ing African drum­ming with some help from Ghana­ian mu­si­cian and teacher Odai Af­fotey.

The pre­sen­ta­tion was part of The Song Room work­shop, which is spon­sored by Fed­er­a­tion Cen­tres.

The Song Room’s pro­grams have helped chil­dren from all back­grounds in­crease lit­er­acy, re­duce school ab­sen­teeism, im­prove con­cen­tra­tion and learn­ing.

It is a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion which helps chil­dren and aims to bridge the eq­uity gap for ed­u­ca­tion for all Aus­tralian chil­dren, no mat­ter what their back­ground.

“A crowd of proud par­ents, in­ter­ested cus­tomers and re­tail­ers were all in awe of the stu­dents and the work of their won­der- ful and in­spir­ing teacher, Odai,” Narelle Sis­ley, mar­ket­ing man­ager of Vic­to­ria Park Cen­tral Shop­ping Cen­tre, said.

Drum­mers and spec­ta­tors at the dis­play.

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