|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 Networks main activities
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
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
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.
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
Information and advice services for Black
parents to enable them to support the educational attainments of their children
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.