Had an enlightening time at the Black Child Agenda event hosted by Cheryl Phoenix Henry of UK Black Links who is a soldier, as she lost her voice but still managed to host the event. This was my first time to the venue, the Heritage Inn in Cricklewood. I was happy to learn that it was a Black-owned venue.
I left this event with lots to think about and implement after being inspired by the variety of speakers. Thank you to Fredi Kruga Nwaka, Shakina Chinedu, Neil Mayers, Leah Salmon, Wayne Riley, Abby Sonko and Davis Williams.
Our children’s education is our own responsibility.
We were treated to some spoken word by Tafadzwa ShakaRa Mbandaka, loved the verse ‘instead of the tell-lie-vision, I use third-eye vision.”
At the event, I finally got my copy of HARD WIRED REVOLUTION issue 1 produced by All Knightz. Purchase your copy from http://www.allknightz.com
My notes that I took at the event:
- No excuse in blaming the schools if your child doesn’t know their own family history. What achievements have your family made?
- Every parent should be delivering a cultural curriculum in the home. You are their first teacher. Teach them their history & culture
- Homeschooling is doing as much educating as you can with your child at home. Not all about Maths and English. Manners, Respect, Cooking…
- Parents, we must be the biggest cheerleaders for our children. Give active encouragement to value education inside and out of school.
- Are your children equipped and ready to learn? For example, enough sleep, eye tests, breakfast etc
- Our job is to learn how effectively to navigate the education system and use this to our advantage. Give back to your community.
- Pupil-teacher relationship is important. If your child dislikes the teacher, they will not learn. Teach them how to work with people they don’t like. Build your child’s self esteem and consequently resilience. Don’t expect the schools to do it all for us
- Teach your children life skills. Teach them about how the system work and how to navigate the system
- Let’s take the power away from the schools and educate our children ourselves. Complement their learning with your own teachings…
- As parents and guardians WE MUST teach our children to love themselves. The education of your child starts from when they are in your womb.
- Research shows Black pupils are being ‘routinely marked down’ at school