Massai tribe from Africa visit Nelson school

Massai warriors are pictured with Pendle Vale College headteacher during a recent visit.
Massai warriors are pictured with Pendle Vale College headteacher during a recent visit.

Members of the Massai Tribe from Africa made a visit to Pendle Vale College in Nelson.

Students and staff were mesmerized by the visit and their outstanding performance of the Massai tradition of singing and dancing, which captivated the children.

An educational talk by the leader of the Massai Group enthralled the children and he took them on a journey to their village in Kenya through photographs and a detailed description of their land, culture and school.

The responses of the children included “this is the best thing to ever happen in my school!” and “we’ll never forget this day!”.

As part of the day, the children taught the Massai men to play cricket!

The finale of day included gifts – a framed photograph and cake donated by Nicola Jane Cakes of Colne.

Activities of splash included headteacher Mr Steve Wilson and teachers, with wet sponges, buckets and sponges kindly donated by B&Q and Colne businessman David Fishwick.

Morrisons kindly donated packs of pencil crayons for children at the Massai school.

Pendle Community High School’s students were also able to participate in the day, and presented a cheque to the Massai Tribe.

The purpose of the Massai Tribe’s visit to Pendle Vale College was to raise much-needed funds for their school.

The children have a basic tin hut without windows and doors.

And there are no desks or chairs to work at, or running water.

Water is collected every other day by walking 10 kilometres and carrying it back to the village.

The day ended by the students able to purchase traditional Massai jewellery, which was actually hand-made by the tribe themselves.

A non-uniform day, cake stall and Splat the Teacher were held to raise a whopping £1,000 to aid them.

Grateful thanks for the whole event go to Mrs L. Frohock and Mrs K. Parker for all their hard work and effort in correlating the whole day’s event at Pendle Vale, which obviously went down well with the students who were fascinated. And it no doubt went down well with the visitors, too.