Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
- Nelson Mandela
Primary Schools

EYFS
Have an awareness of, and show interest and enjoyment in, cultural and religious differences. Gain an awareness of the cultural beliefs of others.”

Through stories, songs, dances, pictures and artefacts I give young children the opportunity to achieve cultural aspects of the curriculum and EYFS Profile.  My visit will support “The Unique Child” and promote creativity and active earning. My workshops also link with various topics: Home & houses, Ourselves, Journeys, Families….
In songs and stories children enjoy experimenting with the sounds in the Xhosa language, which is made up of clicks.

Key Stages 1 & 2
 “In PSHE children should… be taught to identify and respect the similarities (and differences ) between people and consider social and moral dilemmas”
“...Develop strategies to deal with prejudice, including racism, and support those who encounter it.”
(non-statutory guidelines)

I can support teachers in their delivery of various aspects of units of work in PSHE, and specifically Citizenship, as well as aspects of geography.

HOW?
Story telling about life in South Africa (appropriate to the age of children)
Video and slide presentations
Music, song and dance
Encounter a different language
Question and answer sessions
Cross-cultural / racism workshops
Food tasting and Xhosa face painting
I will develop a programme that is relevant to your own needs and setting.
My time with you supports a creative curriculum and creates a springboard for you to develop further work in
Art  (pottery, patterns, batik…)
Geography, Music, History
Literacy


Various options:
An assembly. A half-day, A full day, INSET

Below are a couple of drawings from primary school students, made after one of Siya's sessions.


STAFF DEVELOPMENT
Diversity training, workshops & support for staff teams also available upon request. I develop a programme that is tailored to your own needs.
Photos From Activities
Face Painting
Drumming
Spear and Shield
Primary School
Face Painting
Face Painting
Drumming Siya speaking with the children Siya in assembly
Dancing in Assembly Siya engaging the children with dance Siya showing the children a horn of Africa

Click the thumbnails to enlarge

What the schools said:
 “Mr Twani wore his pyjamas and we did a gum-boot dance. He was very good.” (Preschool child)

“You are truly a wonderful person who inspired us all and brought us all closer to a better understanding of humanity. You have such a remarkable and powerful story to share with the world which is not one of anger nor bitterness but one of love and a desire to bring people together. Thank you for being so kind, you have touched all of our lives I will never forget you.” (Teacher at Tendring Primary School)

“You have made such an impact on our school community.” (East Tilbury Infant School)

Celebrating Africa.
 “We have had a fantastic week in school focusing on African life and traditions. This week began with an energetic and lively assembly led by Siya Twani, who then worked with each class telling stories, sharing African music and getting us all dancing in the aisles! His clear message that we may be different but we are all special and worthy of respect.”
(St Andrew's CofE Primary School, Colchester)


What Ofsted said:
“A range of visits and visitors add further experiences beyond those found in the immediate locality. One such experience during inspection involved Siya Twani a South African story teller who used a range of props, personal stories and media images to help the pupils understand issues of prejudice and cultural identity. In this session, pupils were visibly moved and enthralled. Discussions afterwards illustrated the powerful impact it had on them and their attitudes.” Ofsted report 2011

Secondary Schools

Are you teaching about South Africa?
Bring it to life with a REAL South  African!

Real life stories to support  programmes of study in History, English, Geography, RE, PSHE, ISB  etc.
I aim to encourage students to examine their own perceptions, values and bias, and teach them strategies to respond effectively to   diversity and offer skills to promote positive interactions.

HOW?
Telling my story about growing up in South Africa in the 60s and 70s and my first hand experience of the apartheid regime—imprisoned and tortured.

Using video clips and images to prompt discussion and illustrate my story.

Question Time - students interview me

Workshops on :

  • Diversity
  • Racism
  • Identity
  • Culture
  • Forgiveness
  • Anger management

STAFF DEVELOPMENT
Diversity training, workshops & support for staff teams also available upon request. I develop a programme that is tailored to your own needs.

COACHING / MENTORING
For staff or students around culture, identity, race and ethnicity, self-esteem, respecting differences conflict resolution

Anti- bullying, anger or anxiety management etc.

What the schools said:
“You are truly a wonderful person who inspired us all and brought us all closer to a better understanding of humanity. You have such a remarkable and powerful story to share with the world which is not one of anger nor bitterness but one of love and a desire to bring people together. You have touched all of our lives I will never forget you.”

“You have made such an impact on our school community.” 

“Mr Twani was invited to our school to run a workshop on Respecting the Difference. What he delivered went beyond our expectations and his enthusiasm and passion for the topic shone through and was truly inspirational for our students. At the end of the day, everyone involved was unanimous in their praise for him and had gained a greater insight into the implications of prejudice and racism.” (Student Support Manager: Year 10 Mayflower High School)