初中国际班特色实践课——体验南非本土游戏South African Indigenous Games
Do you still remember the games you played during your childhood?
Do you still remember rope skipping, hawk-and-chicken, and hopscotch?
The practical lesson this week brings us back to the happy and carefree moments of our childhood.
While playing some indigenous games of South Africa,we have the chance to experience the customs and culture of the country.
Many of us knew little about South Africa. We became even more curious about this mysterious country after the brief introduction given by our foreign teacher Maggie. According to Maggie, South Africans have great respect for nature and animals, which are the sources of inspiration for many of their games. To name but a few, they skip the rope like a jumping fish when playing Mogusha. Mbube Mbube is based on food chains. And the marble used in Morabaraba is also called a cow. Now, let’s find out more about these fun games!
It is a game involving two people. Each of you have twelve marbles and take turns placing them on the chessboard. You can remove one opponent’s marbles once you have lined up three marbles. Whoever has the most marbles remaining wins the game.
Chinese people love to make new friends when playing chess. This time grade seven and eight students played Morabaraba against each other on behalf of their houses and had a wonderful time together.
Two people participate in this game each time. One of them act as the prey, and the other as a predator. Both will be blindfolded and the predator can win only if he catches the prey within a limited time and space.
“Turn left! Turn left!” “He’s right behind you!” The atmosphere of the hunt was so intense when neither the predator, nor the prey were able to see one another. The students were very excited.
In this game, teams are composed of 5 people. A line of rope is set to different heights and the students are required to skip over it following a set of specific movements. The team with most people finishing the task will win.
Students swiftly skipped and danced over the lines of rope, while the audience gave their applause and cheers. Even the foreign teachers were amazed. Some students could easily execute difficult movements such as the majestic “fish”.
Games are borderless.
We establish communication through games.
We form friendships through games.
We learn about other cultures through games.
These games will also remain in our memory.
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