Afrocentric Heritage Program supports Black students in Grades 1 - 8

Posted On Friday October 08, 2021

The Durham Black Educators’ Network (DBEN), in partnership with the Durham District School Board (DDSB) and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Durham, are excited to offer an enrichment program to support Black students in grades 1 - 8, aimed at fostering cultural connections within their community. The program is focused on Afrocentric programming, the arts, outdoor education, community, and leadership building, with special guests sharing their voices. The goal is to support Black students in understanding that Black identity is at the center of learning and their Blackness is important to their overall engagement and success.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in culturally connected activities. They will be able to affirm their identities through hands-on experiential learning tasks. Speakers from the community will share their knowledge and lived experiences.

 Topics covered include: 

  • My Black identity
  • Kwanzaa
  • STEM
  • Community building and Black history

The Saturday program sessions run from October 30 to June 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. All sessions will be at Viola Desmond PS (39 Formosa Ave, Ajax)

The cost for program sessions is $50 per child for the year. Lunch will be provided.

Participants must register by using this link: You will receive a confirmation email to attend a required information and orientation session on October 30. A parent or guardian must attend the information session. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are limited to only one caregiver with each registered child.

For more information about this program, please contact:

Michel Jackson-Stewart
DBEN And Still We Rise Afrocentric Heritage Program Lead