Grade 9 students from Waldorf School Windhoek performed at The Journey’s opening ceremony at the Parliament Gardens in Windhoek, Namibia. The Journey is a youth initiative from the National Council, geared to drive conversations about gender-based violence, alcohol and drug abuse, and the inclusion of youth in the country’s policy-making decisions. The event’s keynote speaker was the First Lady of Namibia, Monica Geingos, who implored the youth and society to take an active role in protecting and enhancing the numerous freedoms achieved in the country.
The Grade 9 students, led by Tapuwanashe Munyayi, their drumming teacher, started drumming lessons in the first trimester this year. Drumming is taught at the school to teach students the importance of listening, communication, and teamwork. Drumming also teaches the importance of rhythmic innovation, and that each drum beat is important in creating the rhythm. Performance plays a large role in Waldorf’s education and teaches the joy and freedom of artistic expression, even on a national stage.
The students played beautifully, with harmony, and enthusiasm.