The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London celebrated Diversity Month this week by holding a two hour seminar for Science and ICT learners that focused on contributions to science and inventions by people of African descent.

The event, which was sponsored by Hewlett Packard as part of their partnership working with the College, was presented by Tony Warner from Black History Walks.

He spoke to students about the origins of African music and brought to their attention African inventors, such as Frederick McKinley Jones the creator of the refrigerator truck and founder of Thermo King. He said: “Today was all about giving students a sample of how African descendants have contributed to the things we hear and do in everyday life.”

Level 3 Science student, Adaize Da Silva, came away from the seminar with more awareness, saying: “It was a great seminar. I found out some interesting facts and learnt to respect evolution and how African descendants have played a major part in today’s society.”

Approximately 100 students listened as Tony gave example upon example of African role models, with the aim of inspiring student to reach their potential.

Programme Director for Diversity and Social Innovation at Hewlett Packard, Derek Tuitt, closed the seminar by telling students, “Talent is not defined by the colour of your skin, where you live or where you go to school. If you have aspirations you can succeed. Tutors and teachers will help but the added knowledge received from seminars like this will stretch you and switch you on.”

Anthony Robinson, College Enrichment Manager, said: “Today’s seminar was excellent and informative and adds to our wider programme of awareness that we are working on with Hewett Packard.

“The aim is to enlighten students and challenge the stereotypes so they can succeed in whatever they want to do.”

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