PUPILS from Poole’s St Aldhelm’s Academy staged their own ‘global’ march against child labour as part of the theatre-in-education programme Surya’s Story.
Surya’s Story was written by playwright – and St Aldhelm’s Academy drama teacher Sharon Muiruri Coyne – and tells the story of a young Indian girl who supports her family by sewing pieces of leather to make footballs bound for the West.
The play, which features an Asian cast, is also accompanied by workshops in bhangra dance, football, drumming, drama and art, and has been performed for thousands of children across the country.
Sharon Muiruri Coyne, said: “I was very impressed by how the St Aldhelm’s pupils embraced the Asian elements of the play, learning the dance, drumming with such passion and staging their own very energetic march through school.”
She continued: “Surya’s Story engages its audience through the popular theme of football, showing that while most young people enjoy playing football, few will ever think about where their footballs come from.
“There are an estimated 168 million children in child labour around the world, often working in hazardous conditions with little pay, to produce the things we take for granted.
“The St Aldhelm’s pupils were obviously deeply moved by what they learned about the inequalities brought about by globalisation and I hope this knowledge will lead to them becoming more ethically responsible as consumers.”
Surya’s Story is touring local schools supported by Arts Education Agency, Sound Storm Music Education Agency and Bournemouth Council and has also been performed at St Aldhelm’s fellow Ambitions Academies Trust school, Tregonwell Academy in Bournemouth.