Choir brings pupils a message of hope

PUBLISHED: 15:14 19 October 2006 | UPDATED: 14:52 12 May 2010

Giving youngsters a cross-cultural experience

Giving youngsters a cross-cultural experience

A SOUTH African choir visited a school in Royston to help pupils understand more about other faiths and cultures. MUKA (Most United Knowledgeable Artists), a group formed in 1995 by street children, entertained pupils at Greneway School with music and dan

A SOUTH African choir visited a school in Royston to help pupils understand more about other faiths and cultures.

MUKA (Most United Knowledgeable Artists), a group formed in 1995 by street children, entertained pupils at Greneway School with music and dancing.

Chuli Scarfe, mission adviser of the Church Mission Society (CMS) said: "The group is visiting pupils to do missionary work and give youngsters a cross-cultural experience, so they understand other faiths and cultures."

Ncumisa Duma, pictured third from left, one of MUKA's members who is from one of the most violent parts of South Africa - Hillbrow - was a street child herself and spoke of her experiences.

She said: "We have got a problem with street children back in South Africa and we are trying to explain to youngsters that there are different ways of solving problems by sending out positive messages.

"We enjoy showing youngsters that there is a better way of life."

David Hollandsworth, youth development officer based at Royston's Methodist Church said: "The group was incredible. Every youngster felt a real relationship really quickly. Their response was extremely positive."

Allan Gee, Year 7 teacher said: "The children found the sessions very inspirational and were completely involved from the first moment because the group was so vibrant.

"It was lively, colourful, and exciting, and the music was superb.

"The message that all of the children got was how much enjoyment the performers got from their faith.


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