Black to the Future 2.0
This project is the follow up of “’Black to the Future- A Sankofa approach to the exchange of youth work practice‘. The project is a 24 months strategic partnership and intergenerational project for youth workers from the African Diaspora in Swansea (Wales), Rotterdam, Munich and Lisbon. The project is based on the principles of Sankofa which in the Twi language of Ghana translates as ‘go back and get it’. Through a series of study visits/ work shadowing activities and dialogue sessions, the project will acknowledge the development of youth work practices with African Diaspora communities in these 4 cities.It will explore earlier learning and knowledge, alongside contemporary models to enhance the current skills and competence of younger youth workers. The project methodologies draw on a number of interrelated processes from both global North and South which reflect the ways of supporting young people in communities which will also have a level of familiarity to some of the youth workers on the programme, including : Informal Education; Sankofa; Ubuntu and The U Process (Theory U). Some of the principles of the benefits of intergenerational working will also be reflected in this project such as: – the development of the capacity of communities – promoting social inclusion – the importance of preparing the generations – challenging stereotypes and ageism. The project will seek to deliver the following outcomes: – A programme of at least 8 national intergenerational sessions in home countries and 4 x 5 day transnational intergenerational study-visits and work shadowing opportunities for a total of 20 youth workers /managers aged 21+.
• Increased skills, knowledge, competence levels and overall quality of work with African Diaspora youth (including migrants, refugees and asylum seekers) Introducing youth workers to African and other creative non formal educational principles and processes such as ‘Ubuntu’, ‘Sankofa’, ‘World Café’, ‘Open Space Technology’ and practical tools such as ‘Digital Mapping’
• Recording and mapping (using audio digital media / mapping tools) the history of youth work with African Diaspora young people in three cities and the informal educational and cultural practices which have been developed
• Develop digital toolkit with case studies to share with African Diaspora youth workers and managers.
• Enable other transnational youth workers and their groups contribute to and access this learning through the use of technology
• Help youth workers better understand the changing nature of European African Diaspora identity and help promote European integration.
The first transnational meeting …
The first transnational meeting for the “Black to the Future II : Sankofa approach to youth work in the African Diaspora community” took place in London, UK from 17th to 19th May 2019. Ubele Initiative hosted us in their new urban ganden office in London.
The main aim of the preparatory meeting is to talk and agree with the partners on the project plan, budget, action plan and book keeping. The main agendas of the transnational meeting are the following.
- Getting to know each other
- Updates on the organization’s profile and sharing of good practices
- Recap of the Black to the Future project I (the first version)
- Presentation of the Black to the Future project II (the new project)
- Discussion on the strategic partnership between the Youth Works in the African Diaspora
- Planning the main activities of the project
- And other businesses…
The main outcomes of the preparatory meeting were the following.
We have agreed on the budget and budget distribution with regards to the project. We have also outlines the main risks to the project and agreed to define the main tasks and delivery dates to minimize the risks.
With regards to the strategic partnership, we have agreed to register the new network of “Youth Work in the African Diaspora Community”. The network will have the main purpose of creating synergies and exchange of good practices between the African Diaspora Youth Work Communities around Europe. It will also serve as a mechanism to advocate for our interests and raise the resources we will need for our work.
At the end we have defined and scheduled the main international activities of the project and agreed to build our national teams of intergenerational group to facilitate the exchange of experiences in the youth work between the new and older generations.