The annual empowerment summit on African Children and Families will come up on October 10, 2015 in London. The summit yearly gathers Black youth and children to a landmark social interactive event which educates mothers and guardians on the duty on family matters and duty of care will tackle many questions on social issues, loneliness, and other social menace in our society. Event convener, Ms Debbie Ariyo (OBE) enjoined the Black community and all their friends to make the date a special one for the event claiming all is now set for the event. She called on all registered persons for the event to reconfirm their attendance for final approval. The event will feature light entertainment and many other side attractions.
This year’s summit is a follow up to the successful events that were held in October 2013 and last year.
Among other things, this year’s event aims to explore more bringing together lonely hearts and many who may want expertise advise on many social challenges. Ms Ariyo promises that there would be more to achieve for children and youth empowerment on the areas of self-esteem, motivation, self-development, loyalty to causes and commitment to the community.
The event’s keynote will also aim at safeguarding issues and challenges that have faced children of Black and African origin across England with a view to generating ideas and solutions to help combat those problems.
The event, held yearly aims to empower young people, parents and the community as a whole in order to take ownership of the myriad of challenges confronting them so they can ensure better ways of safeguarding and protecting for children.
Participants will spend the day sharing knowledge, ideas and professing solutions to help support families who are facing challenges. On focus at the one day event is how best to aid many young people traumatised by some circumstances beyond their own control and many more risks that face today;s youths and children.
The event is always held in form of workshop sessions with interactive engagement with many invited agencies and community organisations working on different issues and relating where necessary to create a synergy of operational activities. The event in the past has achieved much for young youths who get new identification and huge sense of direction and motivation as they get along. The event in the past has fired up many into self-determination and fulfillment in various capacities.
Several units of the day’s discussion would also allow parental referrals with assistance for many young people and others who may require help and support in different ways.
The theme of this year’s event will be explored through 4 different plenary workshops and one special session on Female Genital mutilation (FGM). With participants being able to partake in all segments of the workshops.
An outline of the Workshops are as follows:
Workshop One: Promoting our Health and Wellness
Speaker 1: Stephen Joseph – Mental Health Nurse and Coordinator Hope Charity -Wandsworth
Speaker 2: Christabel Kunda – HIV Support Services & African Communities Service Manager – NAZ project
Speaker 3: Dr Charles Easmon – Medical Director – Your Excellent Health Service
Chair: Dr Diahanne Rhiney – Founder – Diahanne Rhiney Consultancy
Event Convenor: Modupe Debbie Ariyo OBE – Founder of AFRUCA
Event Host: Afua Hirsch – Social Affairs Editor – Sky News and AFRUCA Vice Chair
- Kevin Hyland OBE – UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner
- Sue Berelowitz – former Deputy Children’s Commissioner
Special Guest of Honour: HRM Queen Naa Tsotsoo Soyoo I (Queen – Ga tribe in Accra, Ghana)
Ayan De First (Oduduwa Talking Drummers)
Jesse Appiah (Singer/Songwriter)
Date: Saturday 10th October 2015
Time: 9:00am to 5pm
Venue: Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA)
1 Silchester Road
Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA) was established in May 2001 in the aftermath of the deaths of children like Jude Akapa, Victoria Climbie and Damilola Taylor in the UK. The organisation was set up as a platform for advocating for the welfare of African children. It became a Company Limited By Guarantee in October 2001 and a registered Charity in July 2002, with a Board of Trustees appointed to run the organisation.
AFRUCA has gained recognition for its role in speaking out on key issues affecting African children in the UK. One of the reasons for this could be because AFRUCA’s initial activities were targeted at policy-makers and service providers – to work with them in developing a better understanding and knowledge of the needs and priorities of African children in the country. AFRUCA also made an impact because of the leadership role it has played in addressing issues affecting children within the African community in the UK. In particular, AFRUCA has been at the forefront of efforts to denounce the trafficking of African children to the country as well as highlighting the issue of the branding of children as witches or as possessed by evil spirits. It has drawn attention to both phenomena through organising activities, and engaging at different levels with policy-makers, other NGOs and within the African community.