Jacaranda School for Orphans in Chigumula, Blantyre on Friday was a beehive of different cultural activities displayed by its students during a celebration of the Chinese New Year.
The event also served as a special ceremony to welcome 24 students and teachers from Shanghai American School in China.
From live music to acrobatic and dragon dances, poetry to drama, Jacaranda students proved their supremacy on the arts.
The highlight of the day was a performance of Adele’s number one hit Hello by Jacaranda Children’s Choir.
Also present at the function were members of the Chinese community in Malawi who were mesmerised by the dragon dance.
Apart from performances, pupil from the school had an opportunity to interact with a visiting team of Chinese students and teachers.
Maria Da Silva, Jacaranda School founder, praised the role which arts plays in the lives of vulnerable children at Jacaranda.
Da Silver said: “Jacaranda School for Orphans values arts because it helps children to express themselves. Most of them are faced with situations that steal their hope and confidence, but arts such as music make them regain their happiness, hope, confidence and make them forget their plight.”
She added that arts helps vulnerable children to interact with their peers and other people, making them part of the social construction.
“There is always a social and economic gap between vulnerable children and other people in society which separates their worlds. But artistic activities help to bridge the gap and instill self-confidence in them,” said Da Silva.
She said the relationship between Shanghai American School and Jacaranda was rewarding Malawi both culturally and materially.
She said: “Apart from exchanging cultural and education experiences, Shanghai American School is supporting key programs of Jacaranda school such as construction of houses for some of the vulnerable children.”