Delivering a cultural identities programme

Delivering a cultural identities programme

Delivering a cultural identities programme

Introduction

Despite increasing interest among UK students to learn about other cultures and identities, there is a dearth of educational resources around this subject.

2022 Award

Teleica Kirkland (CF 2012) is a lecturer in cultural and historical studies at the London College of Fashion and the founder of the Costume Institute of the African Diaspora (CIAD). CIAD is an organisation dedicated to researching the history and culture of dress and adornment from the African diaspora, which Teleica founded as a result of her Fellowship. Over the past ten years, Teleica has engaged with many British students who are interested in learning about this area but report a lack of knowledge due to limited teaching of cross-cultural identities at their schools.

Teleica has been awarded one of our Activate grants to develop a two-year pilot programme that will train educators in the field of cross-cultural identities to deliver curricula for engaging and supporting young people in the creation of resources on this topic. Teleica will devise an educational programme centred on the African disapora, which can be delivered by educators around the country in schools, colleges, community centres, heritage institutions and elsewhere. Teleica will work with community and educational organisations in three specific areas across the country, to identify and train educators to deliver the programme expertly and confidently. Participants will be recruited and, on completion of the programme, will be encouraged to deliver a creative outcome (such as an article) for CIAD’s website, thereby growing the number of resource materials available on the subject which can be shared with others. Teleica will evaluate the programme throughout, inviting feedback and ideas from educators and participants. At the end of two years, Teleica will organise a conference to platform the work of the educators and participants and to raise awareness of CIAD and the resources it offers.

Teleica hopes this will lead to increased understanding and educational resources on cross-cultural identities across the country, as educators and participants in the programme develop their own programmes and materials.

Teleica’s Fellowship explored the cultural dress and costume history of the Caribbean.

2022 Award

Teleica Kirkland (CF 2012) is a lecturer in cultural and historical studies at the London College of Fashion and the founder of the Costume Institute of the African Diaspora (CIAD). CIAD is an organisation dedicated to researching the history and culture of dress and adornment from the African diaspora, which Teleica founded as a result of her Fellowship. Over the past ten years, Teleica has engaged with many British students who are interested in learning about this area but report a lack of knowledge due to limited teaching of cross-cultural identities at their schools.

Teleica has been awarded one of our Activate grants to develop a two-year pilot programme that will train educators in the field of cross-cultural identities to deliver curricula for engaging and supporting young people in the creation of resources on this topic. Teleica will devise an educational programme centred on the African disapora, which can be delivered by educators around the country in schools, colleges, community centres, heritage institutions and elsewhere. Teleica will work with community and educational organisations in three specific areas across the country, to identify and train educators to deliver the programme expertly and confidently. Participants will be recruited and, on completion of the programme, will be encouraged to deliver a creative outcome (such as an article) for CIAD’s website, thereby growing the number of resource materials available on the subject which can be shared with others. Teleica will evaluate the programme throughout, inviting feedback and ideas from educators and participants. At the end of two years, Teleica will organise a conference to platform the work of the educators and participants and to raise awareness of CIAD and the resources it offers.

Teleica hopes this will lead to increased understanding and educational resources on cross-cultural identities across the country, as educators and participants in the programme develop their own programmes and materials.

Teleica’s Fellowship explored the cultural dress and costume history of the Caribbean.