dimanche 20 novembre 2011

Canada: A Black school in Toronto.

The Africentric Alternative School, an elementary school reserved for black Canadians opened in Toronto in Ontario. It seeks to reduce school failure by reconciling the young "African Canadians" with their ancestral cultures.
         In Toronto, the school year in September 2009, 85 school children dressed in uniforms with African motifs have become the standard bearers of the first school "Afrocentric" in Canada.
         After singing the national anthem "O Canada! Earth from our ancestors"
, students from 6 to 10 years, sang the national black anthem, written by African American poet, James Weldon Johnson in 1899, under the watchful eye of director of the school, the university Thando Hyman-Aman,
         Welcomed by African dances, the little ones have found a school decorated with portraits of Nelson Mandela and Oprah Winfrey.
         School curricula are the same as those of other institutions in Ontario, but the focus is on the successes of Blacks in Canadian society.
         Children use including "The Kids Book of Black Canadian History (The children's book in the history of Blacks in Canada)"
from Rosemary Sadlier and study the biography of Kenyan Wangari Maathai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.
         Teachers focus on the achievements of black personalities like Governor General of Canada, Michaëlle Jean, Haitian, and African writers.
         The first-grade teacher, Nadia Hon, says it will use the Caribbean folk songs for her grammar lessons.
         Born from the idea of ​​a group of African-Canadian activists, the Africentric Alternative School (AAS) wants to fight against the high rate of school failure, about 40%, among black youth in Toronto.
         "The pressure is now on us. We need to interest young people in education,"
 told to Radio Canada Commissioner of the Toronto Board of Education, Lloyd McKell (Black), a supporter of the project.
         After an aborted project in the 1980s, it was in 1994 that the Royal Commission of Education of Ontario has launched the idea of ​​an Africentric school.
         The project was supported by a black activist, Donna Harrow, and adopted in early 2009 by a slim majority in a vote heated School Board Toronto.
         In the largest city in the country, bastion of multiculturalism, where 43% of the population belong to a minority, the Africentric Alternative School is hotly debated. Premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty (54), a Catholic from the Liberal Party took a stand: "I am against, we will not fund the school. The best way to educate our children is to bring together and they grow together. "
Many Torontonians oppose what they see as a form of segregation. But black parents defend this singularity.
         "I was the only black student in school, and I want my son to go to a school where others like her,"
he told the Toronto Star Rebekah Price, the mother of a student of 9 years.
         Supporters of the A. A.S. emphasize that it is education, not apartheid. "It's just a place to study. There is no question of separation. We always talk to other people,"
pleaded one mother of a student on television.
         Director Aman Thando Hyman adds that students will use the same playing field as those of the adjacent public school.

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