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 YO

 & ME 

Issue 1 : Jan - Feb 2021

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You're over there and I'm over here, some of us happy, inspired and loving life, some of us feeling a little bit lost but we're all here and we all make up this amazing place that we call planet earth.

From our homes we see very different things, from cars, people and noise to the peaceful mountains and open fields. Although our food, families and experiences are different, in our hearts we all hope and wish for the same. Happiness.

In this issue, Our Kaleidoscope Planet meets the children who live on two of Africa's most well known islands, Zanzibar to the east and Cape Verde to the west. From caring for our world to playing with brothers and sisters, one thing is for sure, we all share a lot in common!

ZANZIBAR

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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.

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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

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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.

Claire x

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

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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.

TIBO,10

ZANZIBAR

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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.

SASHA,9

ZANZIBAR

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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.

SOULAIMA,8

ZANZIBAR

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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.

BIKO,11

ZANZIBAR

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It has been great to meet the children of KINS Independent School in Zanzibar and learn all about them. Our Kaleidoscope Planet would like to say a big thank you to Simone Gillespie for making this possible!

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COOKING

CHALLENGE

As Zanzibar sits in the Indian Ocean, with Africa to the west and India to the east there are many different influences when it comes to food. We've chosen to test out Mishkaki, which is usually made with beef but we've used chicken instead.

We must say a big thank you to Meggie Joy, our ever willing taste tester, who, at 8 years old, will eat just about anything!

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TASTE

TEST

by Meggie Joy, aged 8.

'They were very good but a little bit spicy for smaller children.' 

CAPE VERDE

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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.

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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!

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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 sharksfloating 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. 

Capital: Praia

Population: 543,767  

Currency: Cape Verdean Escudo

Andgely Monteiro Vaz

10 years old

Sal, Palmeira Island

When I'm at home I feel happy. I love stories and match telling. I live with

my Grandmother and my favourite meal is spaghetti with chicken. 

Cindy Brunessa Forts D'Aguiar

8 years old

Santa Maria

I live with my family in an  abandoned hotel. I don't feel safe there and sometimes feel afraid. My favourite meal is Cachupa. 

Daniel Canfon

8 yeras old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I live at the front of the Cazu supermarket with my mother, brothers, stepfather and uncle. It feels good to be at home and I like to play games. My favourite meal is lentils. 

Denilson Patrick Medina Quintino

10 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I live with my family and like playing cards with them. Outside it is too quiet but it feels good to be at home. 

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Alessandro Ribeiro

8 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

We will hopfully find out more information on Alessandro Ribeiro soon.

Dilma Maria Pereira Conte

7 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I live with my father and brother and home makes me feel passionate. I like to play and listen to facts about history. My favourite food is grilled chicken. 

Djeniffer N'Diai

12 yeras old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I feel safe but not entirely safe at home as outside there are people fighting and robbing. I live with my mother, stepfather and brothers and home to me means joy. I like playing ring and to cook and my favourite recipe is Little Head Papa. 

Edinilton Moreno Cardoso Lopes

10 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

Home means protection, to me and outside there is a barricade. I live with my father, stepmother and brothers. I feel happy at home and my house is clean. My favourite food is spaghetti. 

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Lia Raissa Varela Boaventura

8 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I live by the municipal market with my family. I hear noise outside but inside I'm happy and I like clowning around with my brother!

Edmilson Gomes Birth

12 years old

Espargos Town, Sal Island

Home feels good and makes me happy. I live with my mother, brother, aunt and uncle and outside I can hear wind, cars and mud. My favourite food is Cachupa. 

Ezra Correia

7 years old

Santa Maria

I live near the salt habitat with my mother, father and brother. I love to play with my doll and hide and seek with my father. Home makes me feel good and my favourite food is crisps. 

Anderson Lopes

10 yeras old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

We will hopefully learn more about Anderson Lopes soon.

Kelton Cristiano Mota Goncalves

9 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I feel happy at home and live with my mother. I like our TV and love rice with everything

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Kelvin Patrick Martins Silva

10 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I'm proud of my family and live with my mother, stepfather, grandfather, brother, cousins, aunt and uncle. I like to play with my brother and cousins and outside I hear good words. My favourite food is rice and fish.

Filipe Jose Oliveira Furtado

12 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I live with my mother and home makes me feel protected. Once I tried to add sugar to my coffee, made a mess, and then added salt by accident! My favourite home-cooked meal is lasagne.

Lizandro Jose Silvestre Monteiro

12 yeras old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I live with my mum and dad and feel happy and relaxed at home. In my house I pride myself on taking care of my dogs, cats and doves. My favourite food is Pizza.

Lucas Silva

7 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I like to play and study at home and live with my mother, stepfather and brothers Zaion and Lauro. Home feels good and my favourite food is cuzcuz.

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Derik Augusto Fortes D'Aguiar

8 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I live in an abandoned Russian Hotel with my mother and brothers. From my home I can hear noise and fighting. My favourite food is hamburgers.

Mamadou Camara Gomes

7 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I live with my family and I feel proud of my home. I like to play at home and listen to my uncle telling funny jokes. My favourite food is Cachupa.

Marcia Monteiro

12 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

Home is special to me and I feel protected there. I live with my family and my favourite food is pasta with vegetables. When I step outside of my home I hear people talking about coronavirus and wearing masks.

Marcio Monteiro Andrade

12 yeras old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I live with my family and feel happy, brave and protected at home. I like listening to stories and my favourite food is dry spaghetti.

Maria Musso Ture

9 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I live with my mother and I feel good at home. I like to dance and my favourite home-cooked meal is tchep, from Senegal.

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Mariana Mendes Seidy

11 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I live with my mother and brother and home, to me, means paradise. I really like reading the book 'The Five Spies' and my favourite home-cooked meal is lentils.

Mario de Pina

9 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I live with my family and I feel happy at home. I'm proud of my brothers and my favourite home-cooked meal is rice with fried fish and potatoes.

Mauro Joaquim Rodrigues Oliveira

8 yeras old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I live with my mother, stepfather, brothers and uncle. I feel happy at home because I can play. My favourite home-cooked meal is shwarma.

Osmer Mane

7 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I live with my mother and brother and feel protected at home. Playing with my brother makes me feel happy and my favourite home-cooked meal is cachupa.

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Tais Mariana Barreto Soares

11 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I live with my parents, brother and cousins and we are all creative. Home is where I rest, have peace and be creative. Once I took 313 rope jumps and my family was very happy! My favourite home-cooked meal is my dad's chicken lasagne.

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9 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I play lots of games at home and live with my parents, brothers, grandmother, cousins and uncles. Feeling at home means comfort and my favourtie home-cooked meal is lasagne.

Ronilson Cabral Correia

11 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I live with my mother, father and sister and being at home makes me feel good. My favourite home-cooked meal is pasta.

Suleimane Ture

7 yeras old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I live in a hotel with my mother, father, sister and brother and outside is a car barricade. Home makes me feel happy as I play with my brothers and my favourite home-cooked meal is spaghetti.

Loridania Duarte

8 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

We will hopefully learn more about Loridania Duarte soon.

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Vitoria Patricia Oliveira Lopes

9 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

I live in front of the municipal market with my mother, stepfather and sisters. Home makes me feel happy and I like to play with my sisters. My favourite home-cooked meal is lasagne.

Wesley dos Reis

9 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

Home makes me feel happy and my favourite meal is rice. I like to watch people clowning around.

Marcelos Santos

9 yeras old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

We will hopefully learn more about Marcelos Santos soon.

Nos Kaza

11 years old

Santa Maria, Sal Island

We've left a space free in case anymore children, from Nos Kaza, would like to appear in our magazine.

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CHALLENGE

Osmer, Mamadou and Edmilson all said that their favourite home-cooked meal was Cachupa so what better recipe to try. This fish or meat based stew is popular in Cape Verde so let's see what our taste tester, Meggie Joy, thinks of it. We decided to use Chorizo sausage as the base for ours.

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