In the Summer term of 2015, our Year 6 pupils were extremely fortunate to meet the acclaimed author Beverley Naidoo at Shotton Hall Academy. She had worked with Y7 and 8 pupils to produce a devised piece of drama that explored the themes of, oppression, politics and rights of children in society. The play was performed for our children and afterwards Beverley shared with year 6 primary pupils from local schools the reasons why she wrote the book,’ Journey to Jo’Burg’.
Set in South Africa the novel tells the story of a troubled country where for many liberty and democracy are non-existent. Mama lives and works in Johannesburg. Far from the village, thirteen-year-old Naledi and her younger brother, Tiro, call home. When their baby sister suddenly becomes very sick, Naledi and Tiro know, deep down, that only one person can save her. Bravely, alone, they set off on a journey to find Mama and bring her back. It isn't until they reach the city that they come to understand the dangers of their country, and the painful struggle for freedom and dignity that is taking place all around them.