September 29, 2011
One Month to Go…
MACPRI Toronto International Oware Tournament and Free Family Fun Day in partnership with the Africentric Alternative School will take place Saturday October 29th, 2011 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM at 1430 Sheppard Ave. West (near Keele St.).
This free event open to the public will be of significant benefit to the community as there will be a number of exciting activities for children, youth and adults to participate in thorough out the day in addition to the tournament. These activities include:
This Free open to the public event ...
· Performance and presentations by local artists and motivational
· International All African Inventors Museum
· Arts and Crafts
· African Martial Arts Demonstration
· Drumming Lessons
· Jewellery Making
· Head Wrapping Workshop
· African Market Place
· And donations will be accepted in support of programming at the
Africentric Alternative School
Anyone 12 years and older interested in playing in the tournament can register for a fee of $10.00. An official tournament T-shirt can be purchased at the time of registration for an additional $15.00. Our initial goal was to register 256 players and award a grand prize of $1000.00. We are now realistically looking at 64 players sitting for the tournament and the winner will receive $500.00 cash. Prizes will be awarded to players who finish 2nd, 3rd and 4th place as well. Small gifts courtesy of MACPRI and our principle sponsor Evans Electrical Services will also be awarded to everyone who participates in the tournament.
What is Oware?
Oware is a counting game and a fabulous tool for teaching math skills in a fun and exciting way. Oware is living African history and a unique way to incorporate an enriching aspect of African culture in our daily lives.
Based on observations of children, young people and adults who have been introduced to the game over the past 6 years, playing Oware aids in the development of self esteem among all children and adults alike, but in particular the children from whose countries the pit and pebbles games such as Oware originate.