A view of Africa from the people who live there
The Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS) recruits and trains African postgraduates to deliver African Voices activity days in Leeds schools. Our postgraduates are ambassadors for Africa, their country and their culture. They offer pupils a first-hand perspective on the diversity of the continent and present a more positive and balanced view of Africa and its peoples.
This excellent initiative enhances and supports children’s understanding of the complexities of Africa, challenges stereotypes and prejudice, and promotes cultural diversity. It fully supports the aims of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard.
Since 2007 LUCAS has been conducting research to assess young people’s perceptions of Africa and the impact of African Voices activity days on those perceptions. The research has focused on 9 – 11 year olds in primary schools and has used a range of techniques to identify how young people visualise, describe and perceive Africa and its peoples.