Two special workshops to help young African children and youth in Germany discover African cultures and reflect on their future will be held in Dortmund.
Both workshops will be organized by AfricanTide Union e.V, will be held on 25th May 2017 at the AfricanTide Headquarters, Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 20, 44135 Dortmund, from 10:00 am.
One of the workshops titled “African Expressions: Art, Singing and Body Expression”, will give the young Africans aged six to 14 years the opportunity to discuss the cultures and art of Africa.
They will enjoy a traditional African tale and a modern African story to be presented using musical instruments, rhythmic movements, drum exercises and singing.
Participants will have the opportunity of experiencing Africa with all their senses.
In a second part of the workshop, a joint poster will be designed to symbolize the diversity of Africa. Additionally, participants will learn that each state in Africa, as well as around the world, is part of a global community and interacts with others through a network of individual threads like a spider-web.
There will be a separate working group for young people aged 15-25 years titled “The Future of the African youth in Germany”.
The organisers note that African, Afro-German children and young people with dark skin color are often discriminated and stereotyped. They grow up as darker people in a light-skinned society and undergo negative experiences because of their appearance.
They are often subjected to discrimination, racism even though they are born in Germany or have lived in Germany for a long time.
This workshop will give the African youth the opportunity to discover their own identity and come to terms with life in Germany.
It will help them become aware of their roots, recognize the potential of a bi-national identity, to (re) know the colorful diversity of the African continent and be proud to be Africans.
The African origin, say the organisers, is not to be understood as a stain, it should contribute to a positive identity formation and consciousness. Through creative methods, young people will be empowered to defend their skin color and develop ideas for a satisfying life in a multicultural society.
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