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Chingford Fun Fair, History and Literature Event London, 2019

Chingford Fun Fair

History and Literature Event London, 2019

Chingford Council organised an exciting fun fair featuring historians, artists, writers, musicians, singers, artists, and author Desiree Bashi, to run a multilingual session for the children in the history and literature stand.

In this creative session, Desiree Bashi presented her book Sekuru and the Girl with her Leaf, a book on the importance of sharing each other’s culture and about the beauty of the Shona language, a language spoken in northern Zimbabwe.

The children then got the chance to learn about Zimbabwe’s culture, language, and instruments. They could see and try the musical instruments, which many had never seen before, and they were inspired to find out what they were called in a new language to them.

It was an inspiring session where the parents shared words they knew in a different language and some really interesting words come up, all of a sudden the room’s wealth of knowledge was limited to a post-it note. Desiree Bashi distributed post-it notes for each participant to write a word they knew in a new language and tell the story behind it. Desiree then invited the parents to share the words they chose, with the audience, where they come from, what the words meant and how they learned them, it was all so very inspiring!

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