Actions Not Words with Our Lady's RC High School
We are delighted to have been named as Our Lady's RC High School charity partner, across the year students will fundraise for us and support our work through volunteering and more.
To kick off the partnership our CEO and founder Magdalen joined a school presentation to share her story and introduce the students to Afrocats. Two Our Lady's students provided this excellent write up about our new partnership.
Miracle Ujahchuku Y8
When Magdalen came into our school, the energy was electric! From start to
finish, the entire talk was engaging - we learned a lot about her story and building
up Afrocats. Throughout Our Lady’s Black History Month, we see daily questions
relating to famous black activists and learn more about black Saints. On Our
Lady’s Open Evening, we saw the delights of many different cultural cuisines as
well as the: ‘Habanero Chicken with Jollof Rice’.
Nuria Emenanjo – Mosibe Y8
Having an influence on the pupils
The pupil’s within Our Lady’s had an opportunity to engage with an
influential figure in our local community: a founder of the charity
“AfroCats” (an organization that prioritizes those that are vulnerable to
our society: youths of BAME backgrounds, asylum seekers, refugees,
The founder, Magdalen, delivered an effective message towards our
pupils. The founder of Afrocats shared her upbringing and introduction
to a new environment (migrating from Barbados, to stay in the UK), her
story carefully detailing the passions and interests she had that played a
contribution to the success of her charity. From her degree specialising
in creative arts, to her her actions consisting of voluntary work, Our
Lady’s students were able to understand a perspective that wouldn’t
necessarily be considered, in the curriculum or modern-day society.
Additional to this, elected members of the Diversity Team were able to
have a conversation with the optimistic individual, surrounding
controversial topics viewpointing on racial issues. As a member that was
present to this meeting, I was able to shift my approaches to everyday
struggles as a “ethnic minority”.
The topics discussed within the the 45-minute conversation were deeply intriguing: the awkwardness and uncomfortability of being trapped in a title of “ethnic minority”; being able to relate to others and sharing stories on racial experiences shouldn’t be normalised; the burden of educating others and the stereotypes that feel inflicted upon you when you speak about issues surrounding discrimination (example: not wanting to be the stereotypical “angry black woman” when speaking about personal struggles).
“Actions not Words” being placed into practise
Our Lady’s RC High school has partnered with this organization not only
for Black History Month, but for the rest of the school year to influence
inclusion within the curriculum. The theme: “Action not Words”, displays
the physical commitments that need to be made to uplift, educate and
spread awareness on discrimination.
A good example of this motto being placed into practise is the
represenation the school environment has displayed to educate others.
Around the school, there are leaflets, providing information on black
activists that originate from Manchester. Daily competitions are hosted,
to find the answers to certain questions, that promote the recognition of
these Mancunian Black activists.
The students themselves have become deeply engrossed in participating
in activities for Black History Month:
-Year Seven’s are selling bracelets showcasing the flags of popular
-Year Eights are doing an AfricanMusic quiz, uplifting afro beats,
something deeply saturated within African and Carribean cultures.
-Year Eleven’s are deciding to host a cultural fashion show, not only
uplifting those of black descent during this month… but other
backgrounds and appreciating them.
This is all done to the benefit of fundraising for Black charities, such as
Afrocats. The form that makes the most profit, is rewarded a takeaway
at a local small-black owned business.
Something that needs to be praised is the fact that this Black History
Month, we have stirred away from focusing on the oppression and
tribulations of black people, and instead replaced it with recognises black
excellence and grace.
Thank you to the students and teachers at Our Lady's we can't wait to work with you as your charity partner!
If you would like to raise money for Afrocats there are lots of ways to get involved!