Kinder kids get experience straight out of Africa

ALL SMILES:  King's College Early Years students Peter Fry, 5, and Grace Coughlan, 5, enjoy their immersive African Experience with Teremayi Manozho. Picture: Rob Gunstone
ALL SMILES: King's College Early Years students Peter Fry, 5, and Grace Coughlan, 5, enjoy their immersive African Experience with Teremayi Manozho. Picture: Rob Gunstone

King’s College kinder children got an experience straight out of Africa on Tuesday with a musical and cultural day.

Teremayi Manozho, who grew up in Zimbabwe and moved to Warrnambool about three years ago, led the kids through her African Experience program which showcases traditional hunting, cooking, dancing, singing and cultural dress.

“Everything is mostly from Zimbabwe because that’s where I grew up, but I see some aspects of different countries which fascinate me so I include those,” she said.

Mrs Manozho has run African Experience classes in kinders and schools all over the country since she arrived in Australia in 2009.

After growing up in Zimbabwe, she went to England at 18 to study finance because she couldn’t get into university in her own country. “You had to have straight A’s to get into uni in Zimbabwe,” she said.

Mrs Manozho ended up becoming a teacher in England before coming to Australia and teaching at an indigenous school – one of the few remaining bi-lingual schools that runs classes in their native language – in remote Arnhem Land.

“There was one Woolies, no clothes shop, no takeaway shops. The only shop you could get clothes was the op shop,” she said.

“I never thought I’d be a teacher, and then I drifted to it. It’s like a calling, it’s a purpose. It calls you.”

She visited Northern Territory schools in March with her African Experience program, but was unable to take it to some remote areas because Cyclone Marcus hit the region.