Awake to Know more about Africa

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Community group, Awake To Know Africa (ATKA) has been awarded a grant of £9,977 from the National Lottery Big Lottery Fund.

The grant will enable the group to continue its work in local schools and Children’s Centres, where it has already run workshops and other activities for over 1,000 younger people.

Vicky Mensah, director of ATKA, said; “This is very exciting news for ATKA and our work in the community. This is a time of great change in Milton Keynes with many primary schools having over 25 per cent of their class coming from ethnic minority backgrounds. Our programme uses a combination of storytelling, music, dance and costuming to promote a positive understanding of different cultures and enhance integration.

“Although we started from an African perspective we are widening our offer to embrace the whole diversity we see now in Milton Keynes. The grant will enable ATKA to subsidise its activities and offer its programme in over 35 schools with the potential to reach up to 2,400 young people.

“We can be very flexible in responding to what schools want us to do. We have been to assemblies, run half-day workshops and full-day workshops. The largest group we engaged with was one school where we worked with 120 pupils over the course of the day plus an assembly attended by the whole school – 420 pupils.”

Although ATKA will be looking to contact all schools in Milton Keynes, if you are interested in finding more about the programme go to the ATKA website: or contact Vicky Mensah, ATKA phone 07988 116141 or 01908 232935 or e-mail