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The African Caribbean Network for Science and Technology
There are not enough Black people studying science and technology, and too few Black engineers and scientists.

The African-Caribbean Network for Science and Technology is a national educational charity, established in 1995, by Black professionals in SET, with the singular objective to advance the educational achievements, and career aspirations of Black youth within SET, and other related fields. The Network seeks to achieve this by engendering the ethos that the pursuit of such qualifications and careers can be fun, empowering and achievable.

Based in Greater Manchester, the Network provides a nation-wide service through the voluntary input of its national membership base. The Network is committed to enhancing the public understanding of science in the Black community.

The Network’s main activities include:

  • Targeted Careers Guidance and Industry links for Black pupils in schools, involving industry visits, presentations and talks by Black professionals in SET.

  • Short work experience placements in Industry, to expose Black pupils to the exciting careers in the fields of SET.

  • Trips to places/events of Scientific interest, and interactive scientific exhibitions, to make science fun for, and relevant to, the every day experiences of Black pupils.

  • School Improvement and Professional Development: In-service training (INSET) for primary and secondary school Maths, Science, and Technology Teachers, on strategies for ‘Raising the achievement of Black pupils’ in these subjects.

  • Community-based After-school tutorial and study support in Maths, Science, Technology and other related subjects, to raise levels of academic achievement in these subjects. These are known as the Ishango Science Clubs.

  • Examination support, involving exam and revision/study skills for the students taking examinations, to enable them to achieve enhanced results.

  • Mentoring for Black pupils, involving Black professionals from the various fields of SET as role models, to raise the aspirations of Black pupils in these careers, and to counteract the negative stereotypical expectations of them by teachers and mainstream British society.

  • Information and advice services for Black parents to enable them to support the educational attainments of their children more effectively.

  • A proactive research and evaluation base, underlies all these activities, thus enabling The Network to contribute constructive epistemologies which inform government educational policies on the enhancement of race equality issues in education, so as to deliver the innovation in curriculum and pedagogical reform which is crucial to over coming the educational disadvantage of African-Caribbean youth in SET.

The African-Caribbean Network for Science & Technology currently operates the Ishango Science Clubs in Greater Manchester and Liverpool. With support from a variety of sources, it is working to create a national network of Ishango Science Clubs in other cities (developments in Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield and Bradford are in the pipeline).

A-C WISE: African-Caribbean Women in Science & Engineering

The Network also works to advance the participation of girls and women in SET through its A-C WISE (African-Caribbean Women in Science & Engineering) initiative.

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Contact Details

 

African Caribbean Network for Science and Technology
Ishango House
447 Chester Road
Old Trafford
Manchester
M16 9HA
Tel: 0161 877 1480
Fax: 0161 877 1481
Email: AfricanNetwork@compuserve.com