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Information update for 2018
The project is looking to deliver a range of projects in the new year to build on
the services that are already being offered
These will include the following:
Afrikan Young Men’s Group
The Afrikan ConneXions Consortium
Afrikan Men’s Self Help Group
Introduction to Film project
Afrikan History Study Group
Afrikan Voices Forum
Student Support Programme
Drama Project
Newsletter production team
Supporting Afrikan School Governors Programme
Supporting new Afrikan initiatives
Young Men’s Group
The Young Men’s group is an initiative that was initiated by the team and
management at Full Circle who recognised that there were a number of young
men who had completed their membership time in the youth clubs that were run
at the time, but who needed additional support, advice guidance and in many
cases needed signposting into some of the opportunities that they had allowed
to pass them by during their time in the classroom
Understanding that this was a group of young men
with particular needs, who needed to see more
practical outcomes to their engagement than
certificates, they approached us to take on the
delivery of this programme
The trial for this project started in October and will run through to the end of
March 2018, at which time discussions about the future for this initiative will be
The aim of this piece of work is to engage the young men of the inner city of
Bristol in positive diversionary activities while working with individuals who are
interested in seeking out the opportunities to make changes to their life choices
while getting the group to appreciate the interpretations of manhood that
emerge from the Afrikan centred perspectives of the Nguzo Saba that fuels the
energies of RiTE DiREKSHON and BCESG
The Afrikan ConneXions Consortium
BCESG leads our committed membership of the
Afrikan ConneXions Consortium, a local federation
of Afrikan led organisations who have come together
with the joint aims of building a substantive Afrikan
Political presence in Bristol that will be mobilised at
the right time to offer support to candidates who
commit to representing the needs and aspirations of the Afrikan communities in
this city and secondly to raise the understanding of Afrikan people around the
Nguzo Saba [look it up] and the importance of introducing its principles into our
collective and private interactions as part of the Renaissance's of Afrikan culture
and tradition in this part of the Diaspora
The Afrikan ConneXions Consortium will undertake research, mount campaigns,
deliver voter participation programmes, deliver lectures and workshops and
utilise all available media outlets to engage with our target audience and to build
the mandate that is needed for actions in the Pan Afrikan interest to be
meaningfully undertaken
We as an organisation recognise and celebrate the links that being part of the
ACC offers us to the Global Afrikan Parliament and the range of national and
international forums that are linked to the struggles for reparations and
international recognition of the inequities faced by people of Afrikan origin
Supporting the Afrikan Men’s Self Help Group
Following the highly successful delivery of the Afrikan Men’s Self-help
programme last year BCESG and RiTE DiREKSHON are excited by the idea of
being able to support this significant
organisation in its second year of operation
It is impossible to over rate the importance
of offering grown Afrikan men the space and
time to be able to meet, reflect, plan and
implement the changes in our lives and
conditions that could come about through the shared reflections of brothers on
the issues that impact on us all and on the lessons we would want to pass on to
the next generation of young people
The men’s group will also offer those of us with specific skills to be able to offer
their expertise to young people in the community who can be empowered to
follow in the footsteps of their elders and to potentially surpass their
The sessions are open to all men and comprise a range of educational and social
activities including Yoga workshops, chess, discussion groups and film shows, the
sessions will also invite speakers to offer their knowledge and also welcome the
input of politicians and other community leaders
The sessions have the scope to take actions in the interests of the community of
Afrikan origin in partnership with other local organisations
Introduction to Film project for young people
RiTE DiREKSHON and BCESG are working with
an national institution in Into Film and with the
local Full Circle organisation to deliver a training
programme in film appreciation and film
making for young people in Central Bristol [of
course targeting our traditional audiences]
The research that tells us that many successful schools utilise film as a means of
developing the creative writing of their students - this seems to be something
that our young people are missing out on so we are going to create a film
making programme for young people that will offer 12 young people the chance
to learn how films are made and to develop the ability to analyse films and to
appreciate the skills of the creators for what they are
Given that Bristol has recently been awarded the title of Film Capital that will
doubtless lead to the increase in the number of productions that will be made in
the city in the future - this also offers the chance for local young people to be
able to build their portfolios and will in time enable them to either compete for
work with production teams or to create their own production agencies and
make films that tell the stories that they want to share with the world
The project will accredit the learning of students and will also submit the work of
the young people to competitions that will be at national and international levels
Afrikan History Study Group
There are many books and videos that cover the history of Afrikan people and
the contributions that we have
made to world civilisation
Despite this fact there is the belief
was that there are number of local
people who would want to attend a
learning programme focussed on
sharing information on the key
elements of world history as it relates to Afrikan people
The sessions will launch once we confirm local interest and will focus on the
origins of world civilisation and the contributions of the Egyptian, Nubian and
Sudanic peoples, it will encompass the little known Afrikan Empires that
dominated the middle ages and will also touch on the period of engagement
with the west and contextualise the struggle for the revival of Afrikan
self-determination that is ongoing
This course will launch with the engagement of a minimum of 12 students and
each programme will run between 1an and 16 weeks dependent on the need for
detail presented by students
The programme will seek to utilise multi-media where possible and will make full
access of the presentations offered by our renowned scholars as well as the
considered input from team members
Venues to be decided
Afrikan Voices Forum
The AVF are an established and well respected
federation that consists of many of the cultural groups
who are based in the city
The organisation is at the forefront of attempts to get
the City of Bristol to engage with the internationally
recognised “Decade of People of Afrikan Descentas defined by UNESCO the
educational arm of NATO
In addition to that campaign the organisation is developing a programme of
work that will cover a range of issues that have been generated by their diverse
The organisation has our support and we are directly connected to a research
project for which AVF have been contracted to secure feedback on the ideas that
exist for the continued utilisation of park space in some key areas of the city -
research and discussion with young people in these areas will hopefully generate
some positive ideas for the politicians to consider
Student Support Programme
Among the programmes that BCESG have continued to deliver has been the
ongoing support for students who are in dispute
with their education providers
Records indicate that many Afrikan students are
being removed from mainstream education
because the family is unable to mount a robust
defence or that the schools support systems are
By working with the family we are able to secure a fair hearing for the student
and in many cases we are able to negotiate the best outcome for students who
can still have aspirations of making a new and better start for the student in an
alternate setting
There are of course situations where the problem is with the family who need to
hear that they have to make changes to ensure that the student understand the
school environment and the actions that need to be taken for the student to be
able to make the best of the opportunities that the free education service in the
UK can offer them
Drama Project
There has been much talk about the lack of access to
cultural materials and progressive art that is accessible
to young Afrikan people
The pace of home life and the pressures on income
generators is given as some of the reasons why many
young people are growing up without any awareness of the moral tales that were
presented to past generations as the stories of Brer Rabbit or Anancy the Spider.
It should be considered a grave mistake to deny Afrikan children access to these
Afrikan hero’s and villains from the world of our fantasy, especially when we
realise that these tools have told generations of children priceless messages of
right and wrong and the recognition of the consequences for the actions that are
taken by people out of greed, vanity or spite
We will be looking to work with partners to create learning opportunities for
young people as a first step in the creation of a drama company that can revive
the lost dramatic pieces that celebrate the deep historical traditions of Afrikan
people from around the world and which will offer future generations access to
the knowledge and thoughts of their ancestors
Newsletter Production Team
There is an understood need to engage with the process of communicating with
our community using the range of media that
people feel happy to use
We are facing the problem of using media to
communicate with an Afrikan population who may
not be on line to benefit from the gems of wisdom
that we are leaving on-line
We are also populating the radio with positive
information that may or may not be reaching the target audience many of whom
are obsessed with negative music and gangster fantasies served up through the
mainstream and alternative media
The idea of working with the written word, adding to the newsletters that get
passed into every home in the community and that will be in the home when
people are bored and wanting something to look at means that if we can use
newsletters, flyers and posters to get information into the minds of otherwise
reluctant consumers means that we will be following in the footsteps of the great
organisers of the past such as Garvey and Farakhan who had used the written
word to enter the homes of their potential members
In Bristol there are a number of publications that could be utilised to carry articles
that challenge peoples thinking and the idea of launching our own Afrikan
centred publication is something that could easily be developed given access to
the required finance - but that is a discussion for future years
Supporting Afrikan School Governors Programme
There are a number of people who are looking to
exercise the right that we have to play a more active
role in the life of the school to which the students in
their families are attending
There are pressures that Afrikan governors are faced
with that could be reduced by access to support from our external service that
has intervened in situations where Afrikan governors have felt isolated and in
situations where support around the legal powers that the governors have and
the processes that need to be followed in the raising of concerns that Afrikan
parents can raise with decision makers
There is also work to be done in collating information on the changing powers of
the members of the board of governors in Bristol schools and to share that
information with the wider community
Supporting new Afrikan initiatives
We are also happy to offer support to local groups who are forming and
developing new ideas and new
engagement programmes that will
benefit the community
There are many groups being formed
by people with great ideas but little
awareness of the structures that are
needed to bring their groups to the public arena
Many of the groups need to develop a constitution, a series of policies that will
allow them to present their project ideas to potential supporters and their service
Our work is to encourage the community to realise the pressures that come with
the idea of accessing grant funding to aid the delivery of their projects and to
ensure that the community is able to understand their actions and support the
programmes they are planning to deliver
We have been helping groups to draft their paperwork and review their
objectives and have made the offer of providing ongoing support as the groups
establish themselves and secure the resources they need to deliver on their
Supporting groups working to bring equity to mental health services
The feedback from training offered by Two Way Street
has indicated that there are a range of issues that need
to be addressed as it relates to the services that are
being delivered to members of our communities who are struggling with their
mental health
The concerns of parents around the attitudes and expertise of the individuals
who are dispatched to engage people in an agitated state have to be raised and
There are also questions about the definitions of ‘wellnessthat are being utilised
when decisions to administer drugs are being made
There appears to be a catalogue of issues to be addressed in this area of
community life and the connection with this group and the large number of
families that are living the nightmare of poor provision and insensitive staffing
creates a challenge that must be met
Developing an open awards centre for the community
Since there appear to be few if any opportunities for
young people to secure accreditation for their
achievements in any other settings, there is now a plan to
create a central point for accreditation to take place so
that young people and the organisations they are linked
to can come to us to develop an accreditation programme for them linked to the
national governing bodies for their activity or to a national standard of
So for instance a young person with an interest in say table tennis can come with
their coach and review the accreditation opportunities that exist for that sport – a
discussion with the table tennis association could determine what the player
needed to do to secure a certificate of achievement – if there was no formal
accreditation route then a look at the sports sections of the DofE or the Youth
Achievement Awards could be considered and even the scout-reach
accreditation programme could be employed to ensure that the efforts of the
young people are recognised
The Afrikan Young Peoples Achievement Awards
In the years since the BCESG were delivering the
Black Young Peoples Awards evenings we have seen
the Asian communities and the Somali communities
fill the void that was left for their own young people
leaving young people outside these communities
with no opportunity to recognise and celebrate the
successes against the odds of our young people
Since we are needing to recognise the inspiration that events that chart and
publicly acknowledge the academic excellence of our young people offer to
future generations and the slap in the face that it delivers to the unconvertible
racists within the education system we collectively need to recognise this and to
take action to revive this most important community ceremony