Making Education a Priority (MEaP) launches a series of parental consultations for Greater Manchester’s first African Diaspora-led Primary Free School with Nursery.
In the shadow of the recent Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre (University of Manchester) and UNISON public meeting, “How Our Schools Fail Black Children… and what we can do about it” a local education enterprise will be unveiling its plans for a new Primary Free school with Nursery. This will attempt to address some of the issues raised.
Making Education a Priority (MEaP), a consortium of African and African Caribbean-led supplementary schools will be hosting a series of parental consultations about their plans for the school.
Henry Ngawoofah (MEaP Director) says, “with Brexit looming and with the rise in recorded incidents of race-hate crimes, to rebuild community cohesion, it is really important that we return to the initial Free School ethos.
An ethos that encouraged parents to take back control of their local schools to help create learning environments that better reflect their values and their diverse heritages”.
Mr Ngawoofah also believes that, there are high rates of both temporary and permanent exclusions for African Caribbean young people. He also believes there has been wider marginalisation of Muslim communities because of the PREVENT strategy. As a result, he maintains that a school which celebrates cultural heritage and the mother tongue teaching as educational assets is needed for Manchester’s diverse communities.
This consultation is the first of four events that will invite the opinions of parents and community members from across the Greater Manchester boroughs.
The events will take place as part of the Education for All Project, which is supported by the Big Lottery Fund. The consultation exercise will shape both MEaP’s education strategy and their application to the Department for Education (DfE).
Taking place on Wednesday 24 October 2018 from 6pm to 8pm, the event will be at the Windrush Millennium Centre on Alexandra Road in Manchester.