WHAT IS ACYCLE?
We would like to introduce ourselves as the newly established project ACYCLE (African and Caribbean Youth Creative Learning Experience). Our co-ordinators Keiran Manners, Sharon Murray-Sakumai and Imani Sorhaindo are looking to tackle some of the issues that Black and Dual-Heritage children face today in the 21st century.
We have recently been successfully awarded funding to deliver our innovative and much needed afterschool workshops, aimed at improving the confidence, identity, self-esteem and most importantly, attainment of school children aged 5 – 11 from Black and Dual-Heritage backgrounds.
ACYCLE was chosen by Ipswich Borough Council in partnership with Suffolk County Council to deliver our programme under the ‘Seeds for Change’ initiative created by the two local authorities.
Through the Seeds for Change opportunity, ACYCLE aims to make a real difference to young people in Ipswich and surrounding areas for both immediate and long-term change.
Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.
Carter G Woodson
The Seeds for Change initiative is committed to supporting projects that:
Improve life chances of young people in the Borough
Steer young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour
Improve young people’s resilience and life choices (opportunities)
Given the dedication of our local authority to invest in young people within Ipswich, ACYCLE has worked hard to ensure children from Black and Dual-Heritage backgrounds were included at the core of this work, and have created a programme that is designed to cater specifically to their needs.
ACYCLE has been created by our team of teachers and educators to play a critical role in raising the bar socially, educationally and culturally for this group of children, and give them a sense of pride and confidence in who they are as children and as the successful leaders of tomorrow.
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots
The Honourable Marcus Garvey
The team at ACYCLE believe that this mixture of activities allows children of all abilities to engage and grow together, by learning and having fun at the same time.
Children on the programme will be introduced to their history, the arts and cultural foods which helps to instil a sense of identity where it has been lost. The most critical benefit will be the time given to listen, support, direct and inspire through music, writing, song, drama and creative media.
The result of COVID-19 has placed some challenges on all of us. Nonetheless, we, the ACYCLE team are determined to deliver our programme during the 2020/21 school year, and we aim to create a safe learning environment for our students in the process.
Sessions will take place in the town centre at Ipswich International Church (ELIM), Barrack Corner/ Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2NB.
The project will last for one year initially, with scope to continue for many years to come once we have established ourselves as a cornerstone to the black community within the Ipswich area.
Our long-term success will need the help and support of parents, carers, schools and supporters, who can come along on this journey of helping our children into positions of excellence and influence.
African and Caribbean Youth Creative Learning Experience