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SSA_NGA1_Social Innovation, Design Thinking Labs or similar organisations as Delivery Partners to pilot residential co-creation labs in one location each in Africa and the United Kingdom (UK).
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.
1.2 We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body
1.3 The British Council employs over 10,500 staff worldwide. It has its headquarters in the UK, with offices in London, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. Further information can be viewed at http://www.britishcouncil.org.
2.1 British Council aims to create opportunities for young people, enabling them to connect with each other, enhance their resilience and their networks, and therefore fulfil their potential. The strategy depends on long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships between the UK and Africa, aimed at supporting prosperous and secure futures. It has been developed through a consultative process, using extensive market research
2.2 As part of the strategy, we are embarking on a new three to five-year programme that will facilitate, commission and promote more diverse, alternative narratives between young people in Africa and the UK.
2.3 The programme aims to help contribute to changing reciprocal perceptions between both places in order to stimulate new understanding which will unlock new connections and collaborations for mutual benefit.
2.4 The overall impact of the programme will be : Africa – UK relationship strengthened, leading to more mutual cultural, social and economic benefit
2.5 The planned programme will work across our business areas including Arts and creative industries, Education, Civil Society and Social Inclusion. It will include online and offline activity that present new ways for young people across Africa and the UK to see each other.
2.6 The planned programme, with a working Title ‘ New Narratives’ will harness the UK’s strong digital communications and Africa’s rapidly growing connectivity to generate and disseminate a new and refreshing narrative of Africa - a narrative of aspiration, talent, innovation and growth and one where the UK is modern, innovative and technologically advanced. These new narratives generated will be diverse, fresh and help to update views particularly of young people in order to stimulate new awareness, and knowledge and foster new and stronger collaborations that will contribute to mutual benefit across both places.
2.7 The programme will seek to achieve new, Africa / UK understanding that reflects the modern partnership that both places seek to achieve.
2.8 The planned pilot seeks to convene academics, artists, activists, creatives, influencers and other digitally savvy young professionals from across Africa and the UK to ‘hack’ the problem of singular, outdated narratives between Africa and the UK and prototype solutions that help stimulate more plural and diverse narratives across both locations.