Breaking the Myths: First World War and Africa

A project by Diversity House Limited

Breaking the Myths: World War 1 and Africa explored the historical context from an ethno-centric perspective.
Diversity House (DH) Breaking the Myths: First World War and Africa project helped people explore, learn and gain a balanced understanding of the global nature of WWI, and share reminiscence of the contributions made by Africa/Africans, and the effect that this had then and now. Using intergenerational and intercultural approaches to document dialogues, representations and memories, ‘Breaking the Myths’ engaged people in participatory research to demystify the roles of Africans and African soldiers in the First World War.
By the end of the project, participants from all works of life developed skills and knowledge, helping them to gain:
i. Increased cross-cultural learning;
ii. Improved cross-cultural understanding and acceptance;
iii. Ability to build cultural bridges;
iv. Develop a sense of belonging (vital for African Diasporas);
v. Develop a sense of identity (vital for African Diasporas);
vi. Improved community cohesion
The project provided a framework for participants to research World War One (WWI) as a global war; identify and understand the reasons why Africa and Africans were drawn into the war; their contributions, aftermaths and the legacies of the war in terms of the current conflicts, and finally, the under-development and migration issues in Africa today.
The project’s main beneficiaries were pupils of St. Michael’s C.E. Junior School in Maidstone; Fulston Manor School; Westlands Primary School; Diversity House Youth Club; and community members both mainstream and African Diasporas in the two benefiting districts and also in the UK as a whole.

About the Organization /Team

Diversity House is a community-based charity formed in 2007 with the aim of addressing social inequalities by promoting community integration, re-integration, social inclusion and cohesion across Kent county of England. It supports on the average 9,000 people yearly through the provision of prevention and intervention programs.
Also, it supports people on state welfare, ethnic minorities, new migrants; women and girls. Using holistic and person-centred approaches with interventions designed around the interests and indicated needs of service users, we provide advice, information, advocacy and guidance on accessing community services; cultural awareness and heritage workshops; youth services; gender programmes; mentoring and counselling.
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