Black Child Agenda Event – Sunday 8th June 2014

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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

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

About blackhistorystudies

Black History Studies is a social enterprise company which operates in the interest of the community by offering courses and events in Adult Education. We aim to empower the African and Caribbean community and enable them to develop self knowledge and identity through Black History and Culture. Black History Studies aim to provide a wide range of courses and activities which will provide people with the opportunity to pursue their interest in Black History and Black Studies. We also aim to provide high quality courses and activities that can be accessed by all within the community. Our mission is to inform, inspire and empower people through Black History and Black Studies by educating the community to educate themselves thereby creating a self-sustaining learning circle. Black History Studies is dedicated to providing you with a high quality and professional service and can offer services such as: - Bespoke services for Secondary Schools - Black History and Black Studies Presentations - Black History Course for Families - 5 week short courses on Black History - Beginners and Advanced Black Studies Courses - Weekend courses on Black History and Black Studies - Museum Tours - Film Screenings - Black History Studies Presentations for hire
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