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So on the night in question (12th November 2007, reviewing Abolition 200 in Bristol at the Malcolm X centre, as per previous blog entry), there were some pertinent questions and debate about this year.  There were a few points on education brought by Cllr. John Rogers , Lisa Blackwood, well and everybody really, after a question from Jacky Davis.

This education thing took up a whole portion of the night actually. The basic thread being; Why are we still talking about reversing the mis- education for the ‘black’ child when Bernard Coard had this down forty years ago. And nothing has happened?!

Cllr. Rogers (also a school governor) cautiously suggests that there have been some improvements in response to recent measures applied in schools in Bristol.  Though not nearly enough.  His announcement included ‘improvements’ in the mechanisms of measurement. That is, that data which analyses children based on ethnicity, neighbourhood, and other demographics have become more precise in their measuring. So failure can be tracked more accurately! I jest. Well it’s kinda true, but the idea is so that improvements can be targeted. You know it’s the way councils and similar bureaucracies work. The measure things.

Of course with all this measuring stuff, there is this double edged sword. On one side is the clamour for, and gathering of measurement data proving the flaw in the system’s education of African-Caribbean children. One the other side is the resulting : ‘B***k b**ys are F*iling’ mantra that rolls off the tongue like a sh*t on a hot shovel. But more poisonous.

While on my ego trip on this panel, my argument began to settle on supporting the volutary sector. There being where much good work is done in supplementary schools and more holistic approaches to nurting children, families and communities.

And one peoples I didn’t mention, who I later noticed in the room was Sis. Nwanyi from Imani and now, St Paul’s Study centre. And there’s Full Circle doing excellent work in the same neighbourhood. And then the council’s ‘trojan horse’ (as it was once dubbed) of St Pauls Family & Learning Centre. One of the council’s frontline community learning centres which supports such activities.

The So What project, highlighted the need for the things that Nwanyi & the whole supplementary school movement is doing around the city (and country) to make actual improvements in learning.

This year was dubbed the ‘Year of Black Achievement’ by  Bristol. With the commemoration stuff giving the Equalities departments some political leverage to lean on their overlords to make that official. Also after the fear that the year was just going to be totally meaningless, education was chosen as a key theme. It’s also something which is to be focused on in the Legacy Commission (after 2007)

Oh and there was the issue of Afrikan education…


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