African Heritage Month 2017

CCRCE News: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February is African Heritage Month, a time each year when schools across CCRSB take part in celebrating African heritage. Through presentations, events, and class work, students learn and honour the significant cultural, historic, economic, scientific and social contributions of African Nova Scotians.

This year’s theme is “Passing the Torch … African Nova Scotians and the next 150 years.” This month will honour past and present legacies of African Nova Scotians while looking forward to future greatness. This also aligns with the global observance of the International Decade for People of African Descent from 2015-2024, which focuses on three pillars: Recognition, Justice, and Development.

Although February is African Heritage Month, CCRSB strives to celebrate and highlight the contributions of African Nova Scotians throughout the entire year. African Nova Scotian student support workers play a big role in schools, working with all students to promote African Nova Scotian history and culture, while also providing direct support to students of African descent. You can learn more about African Nova Scotian support workers and their role in our schools in the February 2015 issue of the Super's Montly Report. (Page 7) 

Partnerships with organizations like the Black Educators Association, help to develop programs that support our students’ success like the Cultural Academic Enrichment Program (CAEP). The main goals of CAEP are to aid in basic skills and academic enrichment, cultural awareness, and positive community involvement for African Nova Scotian students. 

There are many events over the month to honour and acknowledge African Heritage. You can find more about these events from the African Nova Scotian Affairs events calendar.