Africa Centre launches education through culture project

THE AFRICA Centre has launched a new project that hopes to educate through culture in partnership with the Aviva Community Fund project.

The London-based centre is a charity dedicated to advancing contemporary Africa and its diaspora through education, arts and culture.

The campaign project began after organisers realised the vital role that cultural celebration has in “bringing communities together and developing a sense of belonging and acceptance.”

One of their core values is giving young people collective support during the difficulties that the pandemic poses because young people are the future.
Musician: Gabriel ‘Sekuru’ Makamanzi is a renowned mbira player, who delivered worshops last year that inspired the programme

The initiative is inspired by a successful pilot project with the Borough Academy in Southwark in October 2020, where students learned about the traditional mbira instrument from Zimbabwe.

The workshop was delivered by Gabriel ‘Sekuru’ Makamanzi, a renowned mbira player.

The funds raised from the initiative will allow The Africa Centre to execute similar educational workshops in schools across the capital and support the artists that work with them.

As studies show “cultural appreciation and awareness positively influences young people’s self-esteem,” The Africa Centre strives to share the richness and diversity of African cultures through heritage and interactive activities.

The group said: “The talented African musicians, poets and artists in the centre’s network will help to deliver authentic cultural experiences that broaden the horizons for young people.

“The aim is to promote sustainable social and economic development by empowering young people to serve as key agents in promoting peace and intercultural understanding.”

To donate to The Africa Centre as they provide enriching cultural experiences, please visit The Aviva Community Fund.

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