Cocoyea teams up with the Steve Sinnot Foundation to raise awareness of SDG4

Cocoyea teams up with the Steve Sinnot Foundation to raise awareness of SDG4

By Nicole-Rachelle Moore

United Kingdom | Tuesday 2 August 2016: 8:08 BST

The Steve Sinnott Foundation kick started their ‘Education for All’ Awareness Programme at the end of June. The initiative sees young people in the United Kingdom and around the globe working to raise recognition and understanding within communities and schools of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal for Education (SDG4) - a commitment made by various world leaders in 2015 to ensure inclusive and quality education for all, and to advocate lifelong learning.

Blogging, music, radio broadcasts and storytelling are all being used to drive home the SDG4 message - and participation in this year’s Notting Hill Carnival is yet another means to spread the word. The SSF is partnering with the legendary masquerade band Cocoyea, at the latter’s invitation, on the annual Children’s Day (August 28) this year. Children and young people taking part will share learning and understanding of different cultures, and the tradition of carnival through storytelling, with an emphasis on the countries that the SSF works in at present: Haiti, Nepal and Sierra Leone.

Participants can immerse themselves in arts and crafts, costume, dancing, design, drumming, food and more. This promises to be a genuinely sensory adventure that reflects the variety of learning experiences of people in the UK and around the world. The creative marriage with Cocoyea sees the SSF augmenting its expansive approach to education in its work with arts practitioners, students and teachers, and its core belief in education being a permanent and powerful investment in ‘dignity, human rights, social inclusion and sustainable development.’

The Chief Executive of the SSF, Ann Beatty, expressed her delight at the organisation’s collaboration with Cocoyea: “We are very excited to take part in Notting Hill Carnival and get the message out there that every child has the right to access quality education wherever they are or whatever their circumstances. We have been really inspired by the enthusiasm shown for the Education for All Awareness Programme, and the innovative ways in which schools and community groups embrace the understanding of Education for All... many of them have taken a lead in supporting a movement responding to one of the most pressing issues of our times”. The SSF wishes to thank its partners and supporters including the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, Cocoyea Masquerade Band, the costume designer Jean Prime, the National Union of Teachers and Richard Harrington, the MP for Watford.

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