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OWARE Tournament and Family Day

Three students from St. Raphael Catholic School participated in the OWARE Tournament along with their coach, Sam Cigna, on Saturday, October 29, 2011. The Africentric cultural event welcomed students - Ryan Lombardi, Michael Bower, Nicholas Cerisano - and staff (Principal, Anna Carino and Mr. Cigna) with a hardy, tasty, free breakfast and a fair-like atmosphere with kiosks of collectable African woodcarvings, arts & crafts, books and inventor’s museum plus many more fun family activities.

This was the first ever International Oware Tournament in Canada at the Africentric Alternative School. It was an all-day event. The tournament was organized by MACPRI (Mother Africa’s Children Photographic Reproductions International) and owarecanada.com.

MACPRI feels strongly about African history and how knowledge and appreciation of the past can lead to the development of higher self-esteem among people and in particular children of African descent. MACPRI also believes that reviving and playing games embedded in their dynamic history. MACPRI launched the Oware: “Africa in the Classroom” campaign and visited our school in February 2011 to introduce the game at our Family Numeracy evening. As a result of this visit and interest in the game, an OWARE club was formed and a group of 12-15 students meet weekly to play the OWARE game. Of this group, three students were part of the event on Oct. 29, 2011. We thank them for representing our school.

In addition to the tournament, African games will be played throughout the day. There were performances, drumming, storytelling and African Market Place. Each student participating won a prize. An honourable mention goes to Nicholas Cerisano who won three rounds and his own OWARE game. The top prize was worth $250.00.
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