Information about Take Mali workshops, events and activities.  

tm Presentation of award The 2011 European Language Label has been awarded to the project French, Mali and Tourism managed by Devon Development Education. Children in Devon schools have been practising their French whilst learning about geography, sustainable tourism and global citizenship using an exciting range of multi-media resources; Take Mali is an interactive digital resource produced by DDE and the Learning and Development Partnership, in support of the project.

Presser from launchRead about West African Musician Jali Fily Cissokho, who features in 'Take Mali', in a recent article from the Oxford Times: 

"Oxfordshire-based African musician Jali Fily's Griot tradition has been recognised as an important asset in a new exciting language teaching resource called Take Mali...

"Griot is the name for a storyteller in West Africa where there is a strong history of oral tradition. Griots are poets and musicians, as well as being historical experts, and political commentators and advisors.

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Take Mali's Matt Partridge and MP Ben BradshawMonday 13th December saw the national launch of the unique cross-curricular learning Take Mali resource. The event, hosted by Rt. Hon. Ben Bradshaw MP for Exeter, took place at the House of Commons.

Amongst those in attendance were the Vice-Chairman of the Malian Community Council, a representative from the African Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the French attaché from the French Embassy, plus modern foreign language advisers, teachers from across the UK, representatives from international development organisations, including Fairtrade Foundation, and members of the 'Friends of Mali' development group.

Abdoulaye pupils shirtsFrench, geography and art and design were all part of the mix when this year's Fairtrade visitor to Devon, Abdoulaye Diakite, visited schools across the County. Abdoulaye, an agricultural engineer and organiser of Fairtrade and organic cotton producers in Mali, spoke to the largest number of schools ever by a Fairtrade producer during Fairtrade fortnight in Devon. Abdoulaye gave a fascinating presentation in French to hundreds of primary and secondary pupils across Devon.