Celebration of the Black History Month 2018: General History of Africa

When, local time: 
Thursday, 1 February 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 28 February 2018 - 7:00pm
Where: 
Canada, Ottawa
Type of Event: 
Special Event
Contact: 
Ali Moussa iye, a.moussa-iye@unesco.org

On the occasion of this celebration, a series of events will be organized throughout the month of February 2018 under the theme "General History of Africa, a History of Humanity", in partnership with the Canadian Association for the promotion of African Heritage (ACPHA), the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and other organisations, through events aimed at sensitizing educational institutions and the general public about the need to teach African history in schools and universities on the basis of the UNESCO’s General History of Africa.

Within the framework of this Black History Month, the Canadian Association for the promotion of African Heritage (ACPHA) with UNESCO’s support and participation, will organize a series of events during the month of February 2018 under the theme “General History of Africa: a History of Humanity” in partnership with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Department of History and the Faculty of Arts of Ottawa University, the Public School Board of Eastern Ontario (CEPEO) and the Catholic School Board of Eastern Center (CECCE).

➔ Online interactive educational game for primary and secondary schools during the month of February 2018 in order to sensitize the young pupils about African history and culture. It consists of two major activities. Each week as of 1 February 2018, participants answer two contextual questions.

➔ Screening on the 2 February 2018 at 19:00 at the University of Ottawa of a film highlighting the best moments of the series of nine films produced by the famous BBC journalist Zeinab Badawi on the General History of Africa;

➔ Public conference on 27 February 2018 at the University of Ottawa on the General History of Africa challenges, hosted by history teachers from the University of Ottawa and Mr Ali Mousse Iye, Chief of the History and Memory for Dialogue Section of UNESCO and coordinator of the project. Students from secondary level and university will participate in this panel discussion.

➔ Cultural Gala Evening on 28 February 2018 at the Shenkman Arts Center involving Canadian artists who are members of UNESCO's International Coalition for the General History of Africa, representatives of the various Canadian institutions and Civil Society Associations, Ottawa School Board pupils, students from the University of Ottawa. A series of artistic events will be organized on this occasion.