Press release issued 19 October 2011
Over 130 school children celebrated the cultural diversity of Bristol as part of Black History Month.
A series of workshops and activities were organised by the University of Bristol Students’ Union [UBU] for Year 7 and 8 pupils to both educate them and inspire them to consider going to university.
The packed programme of events included African dance and drumming, improvisational theatre performances, a lesson on the history of Africa and a look at diversity in Bristol.
These sessions were run by local community providers, Bristol Debating Union and staff from both the Students’ Union and University.
Sam Budd, the Chief Executive of the Students’ Union, opened the day and local poet Miles Chambers gave a rousing rendition of his poem ‘I belong here’.
Sophie Bennett, Welfare and Equality Officer at UBU, said: “Feedback from teachers and students was overwhelmingly positive, with teachers already asking to return next year.
“The Widening Participation Office gave an engaging talk on University life. Lunch, provided by the Thali Café, went down a storm with both students and staff, as did the interactive voting quiz which closed the day."
Josh Alford, Education Officer at UBU, added: “In addition to being a celebration of Black History Month, we also wanted to look to the future and raise the aspirations of black and ethnic minority students. We feel that it’s really important to continue our work with local schools to encourage pupils from all backgrounds to consider university.”
For full details of the events planned for Black History Month, please visit the Students' Union website.
Please contact Sophie Bennett for further information.
Pupils enjoy the Black History Month workshops
In addition to being a celebration of Black History Month, we also wanted to look to the future and raise the aspirations of black and ethnic minority students.