The Ekisaakaate Kya Nnabagereka has gained momentum in the Diaspora Communities.
After its overwhelming success in Canada last year, it was only natural for the team behind the programme to restructure in order to cope with the increased demand.
This coming summer of 2015, the UK will be blessed to host the 1st Official Ekisaakaate Kya Nnabagereka in London from 27th -31st August, which will be open to mainland Europe for members of the Ugandan Diaspora.
The Ekisaakaate hosts all children (boys and girls) aged 6 – 18 years, from various cultural and social backgrounds.
The team behind the programme encouraged people to register via http://ekisaakaateinuk.org.
“We also invite parents to be part of the event by supporting their children, inquiring about the programme, following up on updates via the website, supporting their children after the camp and meet other parents through networking,” said the organizers
The challenges faced by ethnic minority children in the UK specifically are vast, and many of these stem from a lack of identity and cultural crises.
The Ekisaakaate is an ideal intervention initiative to combat decadence in youths by instilling norms and values.
Ekisaakaate Kya Nnabagereka has the ability to address some of issues that African children growing up in the Diaspora face.
These include: identity crises, self-esteem, drug and substance abuse, violence, teenage pregnancy, resenting authority that comes with teenage hood, performance excellence, and lack of trust among others.
The content of the program is based on the integration of cultural values and universally recognized values and rights.
Study areas include: decorum and etiquette; discipline and responsible citizenship; leadership skills; wealth creation; health, fitness and nutrition; ethics and integrity; spiritual growth; security and justice; culinary arts; language, arts and expression; confidence building; housekeeping; traditional and contemporary dance, music and drama among others.
Most ethnic minority youth from low-income household experience a range of difficulties in school and social life.
This is also related to the rise of mental health issues in young children in the UK.
Recent studies showed that 40% of low-income ethnic minority students indicated that they did not see a real need in furthering education, as they feel they will not be accepted due to cultural and racial differences.
In most cases, this is only a perception and does not represent the reality of life in Great Britain.
Other ethnic minorities like the Ugandan Asians have exceeded their dreams because they did not perceive those fears but instilled their Indians cultural values into their children, which has helped them to succeed.
According to Policy& Practice, in the UK, like many western countries, globalization is having a strong impact at social, economic and cultural levels.
Economic migration for example is spurring rapid social changes. These changes are also often linked to the ambiguity about identity and sense of place in the world.
Debates about identity in response to political devolution, increase in economic migration, global terrorism and the impact of the consumer culture have led to UK politicians, for example, promoting the need for a major debate on Britishness which has become linked to citizenship.
Latest statistics from the Central Registry of Drug Abuse also show that the percentage of ethnic minority drug abusers has increased from 5.2% in 2009 to 7.1% in the first quarter of 2013.
It is the internalising concerns of discrimination and lack of future opportunities that often deters the youth’s hope and ability in finding adequate opportunities, as well as fulfilling their aspirations for the future ahead.
The three days’ workshop will also provide an extensive opportunity for young people to develop self-confidence and self-esteem needed for advancing their studies and future careers.
Working with skilled trainees, this programme aims also to empower the young generation to actualise their unique cultural identity in the Diaspora, to see a future beyond a realm of drug abuse, curtailed education, and limited opportunities, and to become future leaders by making contributions towards a more multicultural UK.
Commenting on this development, The Nnabagereka Development Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Solome Nakaweesi-Kimbugwe said that: “As a leading Foundation using culture as a development tool, we are committed to use our flagship Ekisaakaate Kya Nnabagereka Leadership Development and Mentorship Programme as a key platform to develop Africans on the continent and in the Diasporas. Therefore, spreading our wings to undertake the inaugural Ekisaakaate Kya Nnabagereka in the UK is in line with our desire to reach out to the children by equipping them with a compass that enables them navigate the challenges of the 21st century. We therefore encourage parents and guardians in the UK and Europe to sign up so that their children do not miss such a life-changing opportunity to re-discover themselves, be comfortable with who they are and ignite their agency; if for anything, our children must rise along as ‘Africa is Rising’; our children must be at the centre of driving key agenda within the Diaspora communities in the UK.”