A discussion on the need for a positive racial identity, led by chair of PARC, Ade Banjoko revealed that despite the increasing availability of Black books, DVDs, supplementary schools and websites, parents are not accessing material that would support their child’s self-esteem.
At the Black Parents and Youth Conference at London Metropolitan University on Saturday 28 October, parents discussed media that showed positive images of Black children and the role of Saturday or supplementary schools in supporting their child’s academic achievement. In addition, information was shared on organisations that they could contact to develop their child’s understanding of African history.
Banjoko shared with the parents a compilation of research on the link between positive racial identity and academic achievement. The key findings of the research highlighted that parents have to be proactive in sourcing and accessing the materials because it has a positive impact on their educational outcome. It helps them build resilience, raises their self-esteem which in turn impacts their attainment.
“In these materials, Black children see children who look like them, children they can relate to, achieving academically and enjoying the experience. They then think to themselves, ‘Why can’t I do the same?’” added Banjoko.
For more information on the research and/or the Parents Action and Resource Centre, email: email@example.com