2020 has been a very unusual year for all of us. The ECA began the year with a very successful Careers day and Black History month event featuring renowned Black writers, including Alex Wheatle who was recently featured in the Small Axe BBC series produced by Steve McQueen.
We went into lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Many of us have suffered losses this year. The spotlight was shone on racism with the killing of George Floyd. We have had to pull together to support each other. The TOCs response has been an amazing example of the Black Community working together to support our most vulnerable, supplying food parcels to those shielding throughout the lockdown. The summer brought some respite; we organised the exercise in the park and then reopened the luncheon club albeit for a short period.
As a result of the pandemic, we also set up an Online Summer School to support the educational needs of year 10 students. The school was set up within a two month period. ECA hired six teachers including a curriculum co-ordinator and provided training on digital learning covering school pupils studying GCSE Maths, English and Science.
In October we held our second Black History month event. We were able to engage some impressive, powerful speakers.
As the year comes to a close, I want to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year; enjoy the loved ones you are able to share it with and remember those who can't be with you.
The emergence of zoom has made it possible for us to meet loved ones anywhere in the world.
May the New Year bring a new joy and peace and new beginnings.