Not only the Czech Republic and Slovakia celebrated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of their first mutual country, Czechoslovakia. There were also several events organised at Slovak and Czech embassies in various countries.
The celebrations also took place in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Local children sang the national anthems of both the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as well as several folk songs, the Fičí.sme.sk website reported.
The videos have quickly become popular on social networks.
School co-founded by a Slovak
The Slovak anthem was sung by a choir from the St Philip Neri Primary School, located close to Nairobi, which is supported by funds from the SlovakiaAid programme. It was co-founded by Slovak, Daria Kimuli, back in 2013.
“There are quarters in Kenya where children live on the streets and sleep in plastic sacks or cardboard boxes from a very young age,” Kimuli told the regional Korzár daily back in 2017. “Unfortunately, a mother is often just a girl living on the streets and taking drugs. She has several children, some of whom unfortunately die. If they are lucky, they are adopted by an organisation, which means that either some institution or some family takes care of them.”
The school focuses on older children who often have some experience with living on the street, including, for some, taking drugs. They start school after undergoing rehab programmes, Fičí.sme.sk wrote.
The clothes the children wore, which were similar to Slovak folk costumes, were sewn by the students of the local secondary school from fabrics they found in the city.
The children trained for the ceremony for about three weeks, Fičí.sme.sk wrote.