In all of humankind's history, there is perhaps no greater tragedy than that of slavery. A worldwide plague, many nations were built on the backs of slaves who were forced into lives of servitude, punishing manual labour, and abuse. Conversely, the abolition of slavery is one of humanity's most significant acts of self-correction.
Hampton school was recently invited by the library of Curepipe to deliver a performance focused on and celebrating the abolition of slavery. With very little notice and time to prepare, however, our pupils put on an outstanding show for their audience, which included the Mayor of Curepipe.
Participating in these types of performances for an audience not only raises awareness amongst our pupils while building character and increasing self-confidence, it helps to deliver a resounding message to their audiences – there is no place in the world today, nor will there be tomorrow, for slavery, divisiveness, or the maltreatment of those who are seemingly different from us.
To ensure a time never comes when the world returns to such archaic practices, we believe it is essential to shed light upon the mistakes we have made in the past as a species. It is only through raising awareness of the facts that we can educate tomorrow’s leaders in how not to behave toward their fellow citizens.
The staff and pupils at Hampton are grateful to the staff of Curepipe Library and the Mayor of Curepipe. This was indeed a very proud day for our school!