BLACK TO the future


The 'Black to the Future- A Sankofa approach to the exchange of youth work practice' was a 20 month innovative intergenerational project for youth workers from the African Diaspora in Amsterdam, Bonn/Cologne and London. It was based on the principles of Sankofa which in the Twi language of Ghana translates as ‘go back and get it’.

Through a series of study visits/ work shadowing activities and dialogue sessions, the project acknowledged the development of youth work practices with African Diaspora communities in these 3 cities but also explored earlier learning and knowledge, alongside contemporary models to enhance the current skills and competence of younger youth workers.

The project methodologies drew on a number of interrelated processes from both global North and South which reflect the ways of supporting young people in communities which also had a level of familiarity to some of the youth workers on the programme, including : Informal Education; Sankofa; Ubuntu and The U Process (Theory U).

The project sought to deliver the following outcomes:
•A programme of at least 6 national intergenerational sessions in home countries and 3 x 5 day transnational intergenerational study-visits and work shadowing opportunities for a total of 30 youth workers /managers aged 21+
• Increased skills, knowledge, competence levels and overall quality of work with African Diaspora youth (including migrants, refugees and asylum seekers)
Introducing youth workers to African and other creative non formal educational principles and processes such as ‘Ubuntu’, ‘Sankofa’, ‘World Café’, ‘Open Space Technology’ and practical tools such as ‘Digital Mapping’
• Recording and mapping (using audio digital media / mapping tools) the history of youth work with African Diaspora young people in three cities and the informal educational and cultural practices which have been developed
• Develop online toolkit with case studies to share with African Diaspora youth workers and managers
•Enable other transnational youth workers and their groups contribute to and access this learning through the use of technology
• Help youth workers better understand the changing nature of European African Diaspora identity and help promote European integration.

This project was delivered between February 2017 and September 2018 and co-funded by European Commission within Erasmus+ Programme.