Haringey African Schools Partnership Connects Educaid, Sierra Leone with Dukes Aldridge in Strategic Realignment

The Haringey African Schools Partnership made another leap forward this week when representatives from its partner school in Sierra Leone, Educaid met with the headteacher of Dukes Aldridge Academy in a strategy meeting facilitated by Hope in Haringey.

By Omar Alleyne-Lawler, Communications and Police Engagement Manager

The project, which was formally announced in September at the House of Commons – has continued its steady path forward in recent weeks, previously establishing connections with its educational partners in Ghana and Uganda in October.  This week however, new strides were made. Following a strategic reshuffle, Hope in Haringey is now pairing Educaid from Sierra Leone with Tottenham’s very own Dukes Aldridge Academy.

The meeting took place at Duke’s Aldridge with representatives from Educaid, Dukes Aldridge and Hope in Haringey

The meeting, which was facilitated by Hope in Haringey, took place on site of the Tottenham school. This important decision was key and would see representatives from Educaid meet with the headteacher of Dukes Aldridge for the first time. The weight of the occasion did not hold back either party and quickly it became evident the discussion would be taking place amongst like minds. Exploring the shared values between the two educational institutions and it’s students; discussions quickly began brainstorming on possible contributions to the project’s educational symposium scheduled for 2024.

With Educaid’s work on Gender Responsibility being a key pillar of its ethos and Dukes’ Aldridge continuing to celebrate their UN-inspired Student Charter – both partners found shared ground in a culture built on democratic values.

As such the pairing will look to celebrate and demonstrate the theme of “Oracy for Democracy” at the Haringey African Schools Partnership’s Educational Symposium. In doing so, the presentation will exemplify a special focus on “giving voice to values”. This approach will seek to advance youth empowerment in a meaningful way; electing to give students the tools to empower themselves in line with their personal values.

On the meeting, Haringey African Schools Partnership Officer, Rose Oruma called it a near ‘perfect’ meeting, citing the compatibility of the two schools and noted her optimism in the project’s next steps with their contributions.