Australian comedian celebrates commonwealth cultures with pupils
Australian Comedian, Sean Murphy, has exposed pupils to inter personal skills through which they can humorously engage each other and learn different cultures.Sean who visited Nigeria last year, as part of his tour to Commonwealth member countries, also introduced the “Games Boy 18,” to pupils of Greensprings School, Lagos.
Murphy, also known as Games Boy, said in a world filled with religious bigotry, hatred and violence, there is need to bring young ones together and expose to various cultures, values and languages that will likely unite them.
During Murphy’s stage performance, where he showcased various greeting styles across different continents, as well as common and royal lifestyles among others, pupils of the school were overwhelmed with excitement, as he introduced some fun activities that children can engage in without the use of technology.
He said, “I created a show about the Commonwealth cultures and languages for the Commonwealth Games in 2018. So after the games, I decided to take the show to Commonwealth countries. There are 53 nations within the Commonwealth family and I have now been to 49, Nigeria is number 49 and the idea is to share culture, share language and also show kids that they can have fun and play games and they don’t need any screen, any expensive toy or device, just each other and a little bit of knowledge and they will have a great time.”“The overall aim is to show this children that they have the power to have fun without relying on anything except each other.
But as we saw there, we didn’t need anything except each other and we had a great time.”He continued: “Such games will help to promote peace among countries because it shows that even though we come from completely different continents, completely different cultures, the games that we play, anyone can understand, anyone can enjoy. These games have been played across 49 different countries across every continent and it shows kids that these things are universal. But also, hopefully inspires them to learn more about other people’s cultures.”
Assistant Principal of the school (Enhancement), Mrs. Bosede Agboola, said the school believes in inspiring and motivating students through games. “Already they all play a lot of techy games, but we know that there are other games. So the aim is to motivate them outside technology. They can play games in groups, they can do dance games and I know they will play some of the games they learnt in their classrooms and even outside the classroom. We know that the world is going techy, but at the same time we should not forget our values and the traditional games from different countries.”
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