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Inspiration Africa! Activities Report July 1999 - July 2001

July 1999
A series of meetings at the Horniman between Tony Minnion (Project Co-ordinator), Ben Spencer (Head of Education, Horniman Museum) soon after confirmation of funding further clarified details and procedures for setting up the projects and recruiting schools. Contacts were made with both LEA's for local guidance on the recruitment of schools and determining the education authorities' involvement in the projects (Pamela Smyth - Bromley, Gill Deadman - Lewisham.) The cash flow for the project was set up.

August 1999
Meetings were held with the above, Jacqui Callis (Website Designer) and Kevin Mathieson (Project Evaluation) clarifying roles and core Website structure. 12 key items from the exhibition were identified to make up the 'virtual resource library' The story teller for the first project was contacted and work began on its possible form and content.

September 1999
The project logo was designed, the recruitment letter drawn up and sent to LEA's for mailing every school in both boroughs. The project Website was developed.

October 1999
The recruitment letters were returned. Dates were set up for Project 1 at Kemnal Technology College. Work began on developing the African Worlds virtual resource library.

November 1999
Project 1 commenced on Friday, 19th November at Kemnal Technology College. Please see the workshop pages for further details and pictures.

December 1999
The five project days were completed on Project 1 on December 6th. Date to be arranged for virtual banner session and ceremony to activate the 'power' artwork.
Remaining schools selected and those successful and unsuccessful notified. (The criteria for involvement in the project was based around ensuring variety across both boroughs in terms of dates preferred/availablility, age differentiation, geographic location, levels of need and experience of arts projects. Decisions were made through consultations with advisors from both LEA's and the Horniman Museum's Education department.)
Meetings held and dates fixed for projects 2 and 3 in the Spring term, 2000.
An evaluation meeting took place at the Horniman on 13th December.
Documentation began on project 1 for the Website.

January 2000
Ben Spencer from the Horniman Museum Education Department represented Inspiration Africa! at the inaugural workshop of the DFEE's Museum and Galleries Education Programme. Fraser Swift, the Campaign for Learning in Museums and Galleries (CLMG) Support officer on the project met with Tony Minnion, Viv Golding, Ben Spencer and Kevin Mathieson at the Horniman Museum to introduce himself, discuss the support officers role on the project and clarify evaluation proceedures. The criteria for project evaluation drawn up by Kevin Mathieson was presented. The five completed project days from Project 1 at Kemnal Technology College were fully documented on the Website (K.T.C. deferred their final day of the project until later on in the academic year to co-incide with Project 4 at Rectory Paddock - see May below). An after-school INSET session for all teachers participating in the project took place at the Horniman Museum on Monday, 31st January, 2000. This included an introduction to the African Worlds Exhibition and provided an opportunity to meet the project team and teachers from the different schools involved. Further details regarding Inspiration Africa! were given and arrangements clarified for the schools' involvement. Cloth of Gold met with the directors at the Horniman Museum to update on the progress of the project and discuss future plans.

February 2000
The second school project began at Sandhurst Junior school, Lewisham, working with a year 5 class ( 9-10 year olds). The same team as the Kemnal project are involved with extra input from Viv Golding from the Horniman Education Department. The introductory day and visit to the Horniman Museum pages were documented on the Website. A meeting was set up with New Woodlands EBD School ( Emotional and Behavoural Difficulties ) to finalise details for the third school project. A postcard featuring images from the project so far has been designed and printed to help publicise the project further.

March 2000
The second school project (Sandhurst Junior School) was completed on Friday, 17th March and outcomes of the project were presented to the whole school at an assembly on the morning of Friday, 24th March. The third school project (New Woodlands EBD School) commenced on 13th March (team details as above). The Introduction day involved the whole school in story-telling and screen printing and the rest of the project features Year 6 pupils. The introductory day and visit to the Horniman Museum pages were documented on the Website. Meetings were held with the three schools participating in the summer term and dates were finalised.

April 2000
The third school project (New Woodlands EBD School) was successfully completed on 13th April (team details as above). Tony Minnion met with the South London writer/musician Andrew Ward to begin planning for Project 6 at Malory School and the Nigerian Musician/storyteller Ayo Thomas who will be on the team for Project 5 at Christchurch Primary School. Ben Spencer, the Head of Education at the Horniman Museum, left his post so Viv Golding has taken over the role of project partner from the museum. The second special school in Lewisham was recruited - Brent Knowl School.

May 2000
Project 2 at Sandhurst Junior School was documented on the Website and work began on documenting Project 3. Project 4 was successfully completed at Rectory Paddock School. This project involved boys from Kemnal Technology College, who had taken part in the first Inspiration Africa! residency, working alongside the senior pupils at Rectory Paddock and assisting their inclusion in the later stages of the project. The Kemnal boys also collaborated with their partners from Rectory Paddock in drawing up and placing their shapes on the virtual banner and presenting their now completed banner book to the other pupils at a ceremony at the end of the residency.

June 2000
Project 5 commenced at Christ Church Primary School on Thursday, June 8th (the Introduction pages and Visit to the Horniman page are now on the Website). Project 6 commenced at Malory Secondary School on Wednesday, 21st June. Project 3 from New Woodlands (EBD) School was fully documented on the Website and work began on documenting Project 4 from Rectory Paddock School.

July 2000
Project 5 at Christ Church Primary School was successfully completed and ended with an excellent performance by the pupils at the school on Thursday, July 6th. Project 6 at Malory School was successfully completed and the Introduction pages are now on the Website. The final piece was filmed on the last project day (July 19th) by Students from the Media Department at the University of East London and is now being edited. The first Inspiration Africa! exhibition, featuring outcomes from this year's six projects, was arranged to be held at the Horniman Museum at the end of this year (2000). The next three schools participating in the project in the Autumn term were contacted.

August 2000
Project 4 is fully documented but awaiting parental approval of pictures (not available until September) before appearing on this site. Work began on phase II of the Horniman Museum's virtual resource library which will be hosted on this site. This is an "educational guide to the African Worlds exhibition and can be used as support and inspiration for teachers of pupils from nursery-age to early teens. Parents, carers and community group leaders should also find the contents helpful. The information and suggestions include the interests of all children, those with and without Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities, and those from a variety of cultural backgrounds" (quote from Horniman Museum Education Department).

September 2000
There was a second (twilight) INSET held at the Horniman Museum on Wednesday, 13th September. Inspiration Africa! is half complete now and the evening gave those teachers still to participate in the project a chance to meet some teachers that already have, as well as looking at the many different outcomes from the first six school residencies. Project 4 from Rectory Paddock School was fully documented on the website and work began on Project 5. The first project of the second year (Project 7) commenced on September 28th.

October 2000
The dates, teams, key objects and theme keywords were arranged for projects 8 and 9. The introduction day for Project 7 at Raglan Primary School was documented on the website. Project 8 at Brent Knoll School began on October 18th. Project 5 from Christ Church Primary School was fully documented on the website and work began on Project 6.

November 2000
Project 7 at Raglan Primary School was successfully completed on November 1st. The introduction day for Project 8 at Brent Knoll School was documented on the website. Project 8 at Brent Knoll School was successfully completed on November 15th. The introduction day for Project 9 at Telegraph Hill Secondary School was documented on the website.

December 2000
Project 9 at Telegraph Hill Secondary School was successfully completed on December 14th. Meetings were held with the remaining secondary, primary and special schools where themes were discussed and dates set for the spring term. Project 6 from Malory Secondary School was fully documented on the website and work began on Project 7.

January 2001
Preparatory project meetings with the teams were held on Monday 8th at the Horniman Museum. Project 10 at Marjory McClure school commenced on 10th January and the introduction pages are now now documented on the website, Project 11 at Alexandra Infants School commenced on 11th January the introduction pages are now now documented on the website and Project 12 at St. John Rigby RC College (comprehensive) commenced on 18th January.

February 2001
Project 10 at Marjory McClure school was successfully completed on Monday 12th February. Project 11 at Alexandra Infants School was successfully completed on Tuesday, 13th February. The part introduction/visit to the Horniman Museum pages for Project 12 at St. John Rigby RC College (comprehensive) are now documented on the website.

March 2001
Project 7 from Raglan Primary School was fully documented on the website and work began on Project 8. Project 12 at St. John Rigby RC College (comprehensive) was successfully completed on 30th March. Dates were set for the final Inspiration Africa! exhibition at the Horniman Museum. The exhibition commences on 9th July 2001 and will run for three months. Work began on the formulation of the exhibition booklets with the new designer at the Horniman Musuem. Project 3 at New Woodlands School is now included on the BECTA Performing Arts website (http://www.performingwithict.net/public/index2.html) and Tony represented the project at the launch of this year's Education Show in Birmingham on March 22nd, 2001.

April 2001
Project 8 from Brent Knoll School was fully documented on the website and work began on Project 9.

May 2001
Project 9 from Telegraph Hill Secondary School and Project 10 from Marjorie McClure School were fully documented on the website and work began on Project 11.

June 2001
Project 11 from Alexandra Infants School and Project 12 from St. John Rigby RC College were fully documented on the website. Preparatory work and meetings held at the Horniman Museum for the final Inspiration Africa! exhibition commencing next month, July 9th, 2001.

July 2001
Inspiration Africa! is now at the end of its second year having successfully completed all of its twelve projects. There is currently an Inspiration Africa! exhibition at the Horniman Museum commencing July 9th, 2001 and exhibiting until October. All art and literacy outcomes are on show plus an off-line version of this website.

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