The African Heritage Educators’ Network (AHEN)
The United Nations declared 2015 to 2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent, highlighting recognition, justice and development. However, so far, it is playing out as a mockery of People of African Descent as funding, resources and time have not been sufficiently allocated for its success.
As a responsible community entity, the African Heritage Educators’ Network (AHEN) is obligated do its part to ensure the success of the United Nations declared International Decade for People of African Descent in measurable, concrete ways, with immediate action.
The African Heritage Educators’ Network (AHEN) collectively represents students, educators and parents of African Heritage through advocacy in policy, staffing, curriculum, and parent and community programming. The aim is to ensure that all of our students succeed, strengthening the development of our human resources, and as a result, empowering both our students and our community.”
Here is AHEN’s working theme for this year: “And Still We Rise! Going Forward in the United Nations’ declared International Decade for People of African Descent, eliminating all forms of Anti-Black Racism across the board by empowering People of African Descent.”
“Empowering People of African Descent to eliminate all forms of Anti-Black Racism across the board” is this year’s action oriented mission, flowing directly from the working theme.
Allies will be warmly received; AHEN recognizes allies as positive contributors in many struggles for the advancement of People of African Descent: abolitionist advocating against the enslavement of Africans in the Caribbean and the Americas, and anti-apartheid campaigner and freedom fighters against Apartheid in South Africa, naming a few examples.
Going forward into 2019, the African Heritage Educators Network (AHEN) will continue to hold at least two action oriented sessions per month: one in Toronto’s west end on the 18th day of the month (HINT: Ancestor Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918). The another action oriented session will be held in the east end on the 26th day of the month (HINT: Ancestor Winnie Mandela was born on September 26, 1936)
Our meetings will be a mixture of business and fun. After business is taken care of, we will share some refreshments and enjoy some open mic presentations. Feel free to join the fun. Choose whatever form you wish as long as it is secular, nonsectarian and nonpartisan: music, dance, visual art, poetry, spoken word reflections, a short speech or an interesting passage from a book that you are writing, a display of your visual arts, or any other form. Who said you cannot mix business with pleasure?
If you want AHEN to have an action oriented session at a particular place, please email AHEN at <firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark these dates for upcoming action oriented sessions:
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. 2 P.M. at Black Creek Community Health Centre, Yorkgale Mall, 1 Yorkgate Blvd.,
Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, 6 P.M., at Market Lane Junior and Senior P.S., 246 The Esplanade,
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, 6 P.M., at the Africentric Alternative School, 1430 Sheppard
Sunday, Dec. 26, 2018, P.M., at Ujima House, 1901 Weston Rd, Unit 18, Toronto.
Also, please help to spread the word. AHEN really needs your help in publicizing action oriented sessions and other info because AHEN’s emails are not getting outs to all. Every effort is being made to fix this huge problem. However, until the problem is solved we need your help to get out info about our action oriented sessions, etcetera.
Please share this info far and wide. Send it to all your contacts: students, parents, colleagues, workers in every profession and from every sector, educators and all other school board employees like the principals, vice principal, office staff, superintendents, teachers, early childhood educators, social workers, caretakers and lunchroom supervisors, and community members, family, friends and allies, and other well wishers, self-employed unemployed, and volunteers, etcetera.
Please click on the following link for more info on the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent.
African Heritage Educators’ Network (AHEN)