Press Release

New Community Project – African Diaspora Kids’ Official Launch

Walthamstow Library, London, Saturday 23rd May 2015, 1pm

New community project, African Diaspora Kids (www.africandiasporakids.com), in partnership with Waltham Forest Cultural Programme team is inviting local families to join them for the official launch of African Diaspora Kids and a celebration of Africa on 23rd May 2015 in Walthamstow.

African Diaspora Kids is a community project that connects children to the beautiful continent of Africa. Based in East London the project’s mission is to work with families and children (aged 5-11), with educators, supporters and partners to develop the next generation of African Diaspora leaders by 2040.

The launch event called ‘Celebrate Africa! Past, Present, Potential’ will deliver three activities for children, parents of African descent and anyone with an interest and passion for Africa’s development and future. The activities are designed to help children learn about the history, geography and landscapes of Africa in an entertaining way, and include the following:

  • A dramatized story based on a period in African history for children aged 5-8 years.
  • Hands-on session learning about the geography and landscapes of Africa, including the chance for children to create a scene with origami animals and have their face painted.
  • Discovery session of well-known and obscure people who have shaped the development of Africa in both rural and urban areas for children aged 9-11 years old.

Grace Owen, founder and director of African Diaspora Kids: “We are delighted to announce the launch of our new community project and are really looking forward to welcoming families to take part in these activities and learn more about Africa. I want our children to learn the whole truth about the continent of Africa and recognise it as their home, even though they are growing up in London.

“Our children are the future and we must give them ‘a leg up’ so that they can epitomise the right values, thrive in any situation and realise their potential. In 25 years’ time these children will have created a better life for themselves and their families and will be active citizens, innovators and philanthropists who occupy significant positions of leadership throughout British society and across the world,” adds Mrs Owen.

The African Diaspora Kids project will focus on growing an online community and delivering a number of family activities each year, as well as facilitating an annual leadership development programme for year six pupils. The project will produce resources that can be downloaded or purchased from the web site and also publish a monthly opinion blog and seasonal newsletter.

Grace Owen comments on the new project: “African Diaspora Kids emerged from conversations back in May 2014 with 30 pan-African leaders where collectively we asked ‘how can our skills, talents and experience benefit the continent of Africa’.

“We discussed education, youth, culture and leadership and it was during these conversations that an idea came to me about forming an online community who would collectively nurture the social, cultural and leadership potential of 5-11 year old children from the African diaspora.

“Research showed a lack of London and UK based online communities for primary school aged children and families of African descent, and I’m delighted that African Diaspora Kids is now up and running and would encourage anyone with an interest in Africa to get involved via our web site and attend our family events throughout the year,” concludes Ms Owen.

The Celebrate Africa! Past, Present, Potential event takes places at Walthamstow Library on Saturday, 23 May 2015 from 1pm until 5pm. The event is free but tickets should be booked in advance to ensure a place.

To book visit: Eventbrite.co.uk

To find out more about African Diaspora Kids visit www.africandiasporakids.com

For more media information:

Contact Natalie Carthew (virtual assistant) connect@africandiasporakids.com or
01508 548 807 or 07974 577767

Editors notes:

About African Diaspora Kids:

African Diaspora Kids launched in May 2015 and is a growing online community of families, educators, supporters and partners founded by Waltham Forest resident Grace Owen. This new community project emerged out of a conversation with 30 pan African Diaspora leaders passionate about the development and future of Africa. Research also revealed the lack of a London based online community for children and parents of African descent. The projects mission is to develop the next generation of African Diaspora Leaders, based on the belief that every African Diaspora Kid has the potential to make a positive contribution to Africa and the African Diaspora. www.africandiasporakids.com

About Grace Owen: 

Grace Owen is British born of Ghanaian heritage. She is founder and director of a successful leadership development consultancy, which has clients in the public, private, charity and enterprise sectors. During the past 12 years she has developed 1000’s of leaders from more than 30 countries and four continents, recent clients include London Business School, UNICEF UK, Bromley by Bow Centre and women in senior leadership roles.

Prior to starting a business she was head of learning and development for Costa Coffee and a graduate management trainee for Marks and Spencer. Grace is a non-executive director of Camfed, which campaigns for female education in East, West and South Africa. A writer, she published The Career Itch – 4 Steps for Taking Control of What You Do Next in 2009. Her book on leadership will be published in 2016.

www.grace-owen.com | Grace Owen on Linkedin

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