Extracurricular program aims to help African-Canadian students in the province

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AMHERST - African-Nova Scotian students in Amherst and other communities have a place to go to get academic help and learn about different cultures, organizers of the Cultural and Academic Enrichment Program say.

The program is offered to African-Canadian children from Kindergarten to grade 12. Toni Loppie, program co-ordinator for the CAEP, says the program is designed to enhance the learning environment and increase the self-respect of African-Canadian students in the province.

"We're just trying to instill some pride in the black community."

The program was originally offered in Amherst, but was moved to Springhill because there was no student support worker in the area, Loppie said.

The program, which has been offered in the province for about 15 years, continues to provide assistance to African-Canadian students from all communities around the Cumberland County.

"If they need help academically I try to help them as much as I can," she said.

Trudy Rector, administrative assistant for the Springhill Leisure Services Department, says the goal of this program is to address issues of low self-esteem and low aspirations prevalent among African-Canadian youths in the province.

The program, initiated by African-Canadian parent education committees, gets sponsorship from the African Canadian Services Division, the Department of Education, and the Black Educators Association, Rector said.

The program will be held at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in Springhill on Sundays from 12-4 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

Additional information can be found on the CAEP website, www.thecaep.com.

Organizations: CAEP, Springhill Leisure Services Department, African Canadian Services Division Department of Education

Geographic location: AMHERST, Springhill, Cumberland County

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