The Togo striker attended a lesson at White Hart Lane stadium’s Learning Zone, where Year 6 pupils from St Paul’s and All Hallows School were using the award-winning Our Africa learning resource.
Developed by SOS Children, the world’s largest orphan charity and partner of Tottenham Hotspur since 2006, Our Africa gives children in the UK a chance to learn about the life of, and interact with, children their own age in Africa.
To further the learning experience, Adebayor took part in a Q&A session to give students a first-hand insight into his own upbringing in Togo.
Adebayor said: “It’s important for us to spread the knowledge of our continent to children in the UK. It was great for me to see these children learning about Africa.
“For me, education is basis of life, but when I was growing up in Africa, we didn’t have this magnificent environment in which to study.
“It was important for me to explain to these children how lucky they are and how much better their life will be if they keep working hard. Giving these kids the opportunity to learn at the stadium is one of the best things we do at this Club, it’s amazing.”
Andrew Cates, Chief Executive of SOS Children UK, said: “We are delighted that Tottenham Hotspur and Emmanuel Adebayor are helping to bring Africa to life for local school children. All too often, global perceptions about Africa are shaped by emotive TV coverage of suffering and strife. ‘Our Africa’ is intended to present a more authentic picture of Africa, as seen through the eyes of its children. Through this workshop, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation are enabling children in the UK to broaden their understanding of Africa."
Our Africa is an ambitious project which sets out to let children across Africa film their lives and countries the way they see them. Their thoughts, opinions and ideas are captured in films available on a free-to-use website (www.our-africa.org), giving children around the world a new perspective on Africa. Children featured are from SOS Children’s Villages and their local communities, where the charity run programmes to help vulnerable families to stay together.
SOS Children provide a new family and home for more than 78,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 518 unique SOS Children’s Villages across 125 countries.
Tottenham Hotspur’s partnership with the charity has seen the Club fund the construction of a House at the Village in Rustenburg, South Africa, with first team players sponsoring SOS children from around the world on an annual basis.
‘Our Africa’, which recently won the highly acclaimed New Media category at the One World Media Awards, was created by SOS Children to celebrate the charity’s 40th year of working in Africa.
The evolving educational resource features compelling and highly personal short films devised and filmed by children across Africa, presenting their own issues in their own ways.
This session contributed to the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s efforts to use the unique appeal of the football club to inspire educational achievement amongst young people in its local community.