The session, for Year 6 pupils from St Paul’s and All Hallows school in Tottenham, aimed to educate children about daily life in Africa. Taking place at White Hart Lane stadium’s Learning Zone, the children were introduced to the award-winning 'Our Africa' website, which was developed by SOS Children to celebrate the charity’s 40th year of working in Africa.
The ambitious project sets out to let children across Africa film their lives and countries the way they see them. Their thoughts, opinions and ideas are captured in films available on a free-to-use website, giving children around the world a new perspective on Africa. Children featured are from SOS Children’s Villages and their local communities, where SOS Children run Family Strengthening Programmes to help vulnerable families to stay together.
After exploring the educational resource, the children had time to ask Spurs’ striker Emmanuel Adebayor about his own upbringing in Togo. Adebayor said: “It’s important for us to spread the knowledge of our continent to children in the UK. It was great for me to see these children learning about Africa.”
“For me, education is basis of life, but when I was growing up in Africa, we didn’t have this magnificent environment in which to study. It was important for me to explain to these children how lucky they are and how much better their life will be if they keep working hard. Giving these kids the opportunity to learn at the stadium is one of the best things we do at this Club, it’s amazing.”
Andrew Cates, Chief Executive of SOS Children UK, said: “We are delighted that Tottenham Hotspur and Emmanuel Adebayor are helping to bring Africa to life for local school children. Through this workshop, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation are enabling children in the UK to broaden their understanding of Africa”
Tottenham Hotspur have supported SOS Children since 2006. The club have supported our SOS Children’s Village Rustenburg in South Africa since 2007, and every first-team Spurs player sponsors an SOS child around the world.
Visit the Our Africa site.