African and Caribbean school opens in Stratford

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 May 2017

Class at I Am School of Excellence

Class at I Am School of Excellence


A school about African and Caribbean culture and traditions is now running in Stratford.

Dance class at I Am School of ExcellenceDance class at I Am School of Excellence

The Saturday school, I Am School of Excellence, which runs fortnightly offers a variety of black history classes, African and Caribbean inspired dance lessons and food lessons at Chobham Academy, in Cheering Lane, East Village.

Founder and Owner, Julia Kibela, who used to teach in multiple schools across the borough started the school to raise awareness for the exotic cultures.

“It’s something that I have noticed is not really taught in the curriculum,” she explained.

“I think it’s important to understand what is happening with other cultures.

“I just want children to know more about African and Caribbean cultures.”

The 36-year-old, from Forest Gate, decided to take the leap and start planning for the school a year ago, but now its finally come together, with the aim to keep growing.

“I would love to start doing it every weekend soon,” she said.

“I would to start including languages and textiles, so they can make outfits and give everyone braids or cane rolls.”

The first few classes have already taken place and the school is booked up until December at Chobham Academy.

“It’s been really successful and really positive,” she added.

“There is so much I have learnt already doing the classes about these cultures and I want to pass them on.”

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