Adinkra

KS1: ages 5-7KS2: ages 7-11Book

“Adinkra cloth is hand-printed with symbols representing Ashanti knowledge and history, proverbs, beliefs and values.”

Using the symbols and other artefacts as a starting point to learn about Ghana’s traditions and contemporary life, this handbook provides an inspiring learning resource which challenges stereotypes students may have of Africa, gives opportunities for mutual learning within school links and, overall, educates students for global citizenship.

The resource is based on a tried and tested cross-curricular project in which pupils design and make a collaborative banner inspired by the Adinkra tradition. The purpose of the banner is to “represent the values of each pupil in the class and to enable each of the pupils to be remembered and recognised for their own personal value”.

The content is very well organised and a scheme of work, made up of six practical lesson plans, is supported with background information for teachers, detailed curriculum links, beautiful images and worksheets. Additional materials such as sound files demonstrating how to pronounce Twi (a Ghanaian language) can be downloaded from the RISC website.

Altogether an excellent resource which will engage pupils in exploring their own, and others, values and identities.

 

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