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Out of Africa Missions

 

Dr Stephen Farry with students from the townships in George, Western Cape, South Africa , Professor Peter Finn and Mr Wayne McAfee

 

Dr Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning, with students from the townships in George, Western Cape, South Africa. Also pictured are Professor Peter Finn, College Principal, and Mr Wayne McAfee from the 'Out of Africa Missions'.

 

Some of the visiting students  being taught ceili dancing by St Mary's students

 

The Out of Africa Missions is a non-denominational Christian organisation providing extra schooling and sports for young people from townships in George, Western Cape in South Africa. The aim of the Sports Academy is to transform and develop the next generation of young people through sports, whereby they teach students the value and responsibly of being part of a team as well as being accountable to themselves and the rest of their team-mates. It is anticipated that those on the program will set an example to their peers and become catalysts for change in their school, sports team and community.

 

 

The visiting student  taking part  in some Netball coaching

 

The touring party attended schools in Northern Ireland and spent a day at St Mary's University College where they were taught ceili dancing by the PGCE students, were coached netball by Elaine McLaughlin, played a netball match against the college netball team, attended a traditional music session in the student centre, attended gymnastics class with a year 1 PE class and were coached in Gaelic Games by Paddy Tally and his students. The aim of the day was to introduce the South African girls to Irish culture and to enable them to become part of our college community for the day.

 

Some of the visiting students practising their GAA skills