Toronto public school trustees have voted to give the go-ahead for an Africentric curriculum to begin fall 2009.
The program will offered to students from JK to Grade Five and will be open to students of all ethnicity. The program will be housed in an unused wing of Sheppard Public School on Sheppard Avenue West near Keele Street in Toronto. Some supporters of the concept have reportedly expressed disappointment that the program will apply to early stage elementary students and not high school students.
An additional grade will be added to the program every year. Black community leaders have pointed to the 40 per cent drop out rate of black high school students as a crisis which needs to be addressed and unfortunately the currently accepted program will not help.
Some trustees who voted against the proposal pointed to the variety of ethnic groups represented in Toronto schools who require help as well.