Monthly Archives: December 2015

Butterfly Child

When you stand in front of parents of primary school kids to speak about internet safety, you have to expect the unexpected. However prepared as I thought I was when I attended Scoil na mBuachailli Clonakilty last week nothing could have prepared me for what came next.

Scoil na mBuachailli, or the Boys School for my non Irish friends, are long known for being a very progressive primary school driven by a very broadminded headmaster in Barth Harrington. So when I heard that their new Christmas song involved some African music I wasn’t exactly shocked.

However what I didn’t realise was that the song was a full collaboration with a primary school from the Samburu tribe in Kenya, also known as the Butterfly people due to their colourful clothing. The collaboration was coordinated by the Thorn Tree Project to raise money for the education of Samburu children – from Kindergarten to College.

This is the point where you stop reading, put on your headphones and click the video below. I hope you will be as moved as I was to see what a group of 8-12 year olds can do with a little help from their teachers.

When you see what these kids and teachers have done, you have to ask the question, what can I do to help? Thankfully, that’s as easy as 1.2.3.

  1. Buy the song from iTunes for €0.99 by clicking here https://itun.es/ie/QiRs_ or donate via JustGiving.
  2. Share this with your network on Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, Twitter or any other forum.
  3. Watch the video again with a warm fuzzy felling knowing that you’ve done your bit to help a great initiative.

Posted by Derek Gallagher