A GROUP which aims to raise the hopes and attainment of children and
young people of African Caribbean descent has been launched in Kirklees. The Parents of Black Children Association held its official launch
at the Deighton Centre. It is a parent-led organisation which encourages and supports
parents and carers to play a greater role in their child's educational development. It also plans to provide a range of services, including support,
training, teaching materials and advisory services to families and educational institutions aimed at addressing well-documented research about underachievement in the black community. A spokesperson said "Research has shown that it's not a question of
ability, as black children enter the education system with the same abilities as children of other ethnicities. "However, something happens within the process that leaves many
black children on the fringe of the education system by the time they reach key stage three and four. "We have seen all too often what this can lead to.
"It is now time for parents and carers of black children to come
together to inspire, encourage and raise the aspirations of black children. "Collectively, as parents, we have that power."
The association aims to work in partnership with parents, carers,
families, educational and other institutions to achieve its aims. It welcomes contact from any person or organisation that has the
welfare of black children at heart. Phone it on 01484 514491.