Edmonton, Alberta (February 1, 2016) – With the start of Black History month, AfroQuiz, an annual Jeopardy-style quiz competition celebrating the rich history of people of African descent around the globe, is underway in its efforts to help bring Edmonton’s youth a deeper understanding of their culture. At their fundraiser and auction held Sunday evening, AfroQuiz organizers, the Council of Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage (CCACH), raised more than $4,000 that will go towards AfroQuiz taking place on Saturday, February 27, 2016 for students ages 8 to 18.
“During its 24-year history, AfroQuiz has encouraged hundreds of students from Edmonton and surrounding areas to learn more about Black history,” said Siyani Nsaliwa, CCACH president. “The event helps instill a sense of pride and appreciation of Black history amongst our youth, who will eventually become our next wave of global leaders. We’re extremely grateful to the community for supporting this worthwhile initiative.”
In attendance at the fundraiser, David Shepherd, MLA for Edmonton-Centre, said, “AfroQuiz is a great way to help teach our youth about the rich history and contributions the Black community has made in Alberta. It’s also a great reminder for ourselves.” AfroQuiz 2016 will include questions about Canadiana, but focus on the theme of ‘Black Literature’ which includes folktales, featured authors and poetry.
“My mom first pushed me to get involved with AfroQuiz as a way to get in touch with my African heritage and the African community here in Edmonton,” said University of Alberta student and aspiring singer, Sympa Cesar, 18, who has participated in AfroQuiz since the age of 10. “I was able to learn things about Black history that wasn’t taught in school, and had a chance to make great friendships in the process.”
AfroQuiz is open to the community at large, not only for students of African or Caribbean descent. Cesar believes that all students can learn from the event. “I would encourage any student to participate in order to learn about a new culture and help them understand the finer points of African culture. It’s a great learning experience.”
According to the 2011 Census, a total of 945,665 Black Canadians were counted, comprising 2.9% of Canada’s population. Edmonton is one of three Canadian cities whose Black population is higher than the national average, at 3.8%. AfroQuiz is an essential component to helping Edmonton’s youth celebrate the city’s diversity and encouraging community inclusion.
Parents and students can register for AfroQuiz 2016 and download the study materials at AfroQuiz.ca. The event is free for all ages. AfroQuiz will take place on Saturday, February 27 at 1PM at Stanley A. Milner Library (7 Sir Winston Churchill Square).
Pamela A. Muñoz