Prof Gus John, fellow of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education at the University of London, is supporting a weeklong conference that is set to challenge the stereotypes of black youth in the educational system.
The event, to be held at the Bruce Grove Youth Services in Tottenham, north London, aims to deal “head on” with statistics about the underachievement of black children of black children by challenging terms such as “disproportional representation,” “Institutional racism”, “failing”, “stereotyping” and other terms synonymous with young people of African descent.
Guest speakers include Paul Obinna Wilson-Eme, BA Ed (Hons), a former secondary school teacher in Manchester’s notoriously crime infested Moss Side district, who has now developed the K.E.G. (Kemetic Educational Guidance): a community resource aimed at filling the gaps in cross-cultural education and a consultancy aimed at the development of multi-cultural resources. Mr Obina will speak on the importance of education, with other speakers tackling parental responsibility and the future of the black child.
During the course of the National Black Supplementary School Week, which will run from August 2 -7, there will also be a series of workshops and events that will specifically look at issues pertaining to education of black children, and black supplementary schools and the role of black parents.
For further information on the National Black Supplementary School Week via www.nabss.org.uk or contact Marchu or Mark on 07958 671 267 / 07956 554 642 respectively.