Issue 1 : Jan - Feb 2021
We lie 35km off the coast of East Africa.
Although we are partly self-governing, our island is actually a state of Tanzania and not an independent country.
Arabic, Persian, Indian and European influences can be found on our island.
The capital of our island is Zanzibar City and it's historic centre, Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site
We depend on tourism and the spice trade.
Our 3 official languages are Swahili, Arabic and English and the main religion of our island is Islam.
We're also launching our 'I am....' gallery. If you'd like to join in, please complete the sentence'I am..'.
Write it down, take a photo, send it in and we'll add it to our gallery.
Known as The Spice Islands, the name Zanzibar conjures up images of exotic beaches, magical colours and mystery and these islands don't disappoint. Sitting off the coast of Tanzania, in east Africa, Zanzibar is actually the name of the archipelago, or group, of islands. The main and largest island is Unguja, then Pemba in the north and Mafia island, followed by the tiny and uninhabited Latham Island. The islanders have seen people from many countries pass through their land and leave their influences behind and the beautiful crumbling architecture and narrow winding alleyways of Stone Town, a World Heritage Site, is a perfect example. Its faded paintwork and worn stone greets everyone that visits, and gives a sense of being transported back in time as Africa meets the Arab world. Swirling colours, the scent of exotic spices and an array of people and cultures mix in the local markets as worlds collide and lives are lived. The island is also home to some jaw dropping coastline with mile after mile of stunning beaches, lush green forests and everything from monkeys, to barracudas, octopus and dolphins.
Thank you to Simone Gillespie and the children of KINS Independent School, Zanzibar, for all of the hard work they have done and making this issue possible!
Capital: Zanzibar City
Population: 1.304 million
Currency: Tanzanian Shilling
I am French and live in Zanzibar. I love playing games and I think the world is a beautiful place and I want to help it as I would like no plastic and no pollution.
I went to Paris when I was 9 and had the best time, I would like to learn more about Japan as it looks very nice.
I've got blond hair and was born in Wales but live in Zanzibar. I love football and playing it with my friends. I'd like to learn about Egypt as there's lots of treasure there.
The world is great, except for coronavirus, I wish we could kill the coronavirus.
I am from Tunisia and speak English, French, Tunisian and Swahili. I'm special because I travel around the world with my parents. I'm the only Tunisian at school and I'm the bendiest in my class!
I think the world is beautiful and I would like to clean it but. Coronavirus worries me though.
I am different because nobody else is called Biko and I can put my leg over my head! I'm very excited because I'm going to get some football shoes and laughing and being tickled also makes me happy.
I would like to learn more about China and help clean our planet.
We sit in the Atlantic Ocean 570km off the coast of West Africa
We are a group of 10 islands and the nearest country to us is Senegal.
We are known for the strong winds that blow onto the island.
Kitesurfing is very popular here as the conditions are pretty much perfect all year!
We have the 3rd largest population of nesting Loggerhead turtles.
We are also home to 5 other species of turtle, including the Leatherback and Hawksbill.
Cape Verde is 570km off the coast of Senegal in West Africa and is made up of 10 islands, all with a very different feel. The almost moon-like landscape of Sal seems an unusual choice for the main tourist island but the miles of sandy beaches, colourful town of Santa Maria and the Terra Boa lake mirage makes it an intriguing place to visit. The main language spoken in Cape Verde is Portguese as the islands were ruled by Portugal until 1975, althrough Creole is often spoken in conversation and gives the islands a distinctly African feel. Positioned in the Atlantic Ocean Cape Verde has influences from many countries due to its position on transatlantic and european trade routes. Nowadays the islands are enjoying a boom in visitors who come to experience everything from kitesurfing and watersports to paddling with lemon sharks, floating in salt lakes (watch out for small cuts though as they sting!!) and helping the endangered turtle population. Despite few natural resources and being cut off from the mainland, Cape Verde is seen as a big success story in Africa as it is stable, developing responsabily and managing the growth of tourism, which the island relies on. If you get a chance to visit, look beyond the big hotels that call Cape Verde home and explore further afield as you'll discover just what these fascinating islands have to offer - you won't be disappointed!
Thank you so much to Aldir Duarte from Nos Kaza in Sal for gathering together all of the work that the children have done. It's been great to read all about them.