Meeting a Mandinka griot
We are travelling overland from Europe, across the Sahara, ending up in Guinea Bissau in Western Africa, in our first year at DNS. We have nick named our journey “Into the Otherness” since our mission is to meet people and learn about their reality and culture. Passing trough The Gambia we visited Alagi Mbye and his family.
by Guendalina, Egle and Gianluca, DNS2017
“The past is what we are. The tradition is what of the past is still valuable for the present. In order to represent a guideline for the future, it is necessary to constantly question the traditions but, first of all, to know them.”
This is the authentic dialog between different cultures and this is also what we, Guendalina Marzulli, Egle Simukenaite, and Gianluca Maggi, tried to do during our The Gambia investigation thanks to Alagi Mbye, a modern Griot who introduced us to the old mandinka culture.
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A griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician. The griot is a repository of oral tradition and is often seen as a societal leader due to his or her traditional position as an advisor to royal personages.
Integration is an important aspect, or rather one of the goals, of the “Tvind Pedagogy”. In Tvind, deliberate effort is regularly put into reflecting about how to make it better, into adjusting our knowledge of it to each student and into constantly finding out new ways to make them feel like they belong. These concepts and reflections later materialise in the many ways in which we actually exercise integration.
DNS 2017, the senior team, is now finalising one of the last periods of DNS programme: Teaching Practice. Teaching Practice lets us experiment in the reality of the classroom, apply teaching methodologies and most importantly, make mistakes and learn from them. However, teaching practice doesn’t end after the lessons. We also contribute to the teaching practice place by being in charge of the programme in the school and initiating a chosen project, our “Footprint”.