Catholic Herald Reporter THE Sword of the Spirit's Africa Centre at Hinsley House, Covent Garden, London, is anticipating "a leap forward" with the educational activities it is planning for Africans over the next 12 months.
Plans include "re-adjustment" courses to help students settle in after their arrival in Britain; day and weekend courses in home management and hygiene for African women students and wives of students; weekly French
language classes, and tuition to
improve English; and weekend seminars on social and civic responsibilities.
Special attention is to be given to hospitality tie-ups with English families, and with English students reading the same subjects as the new arrivals from Africa. Part of Hinsley House is to be opened as a permanent club room. shortly, with African music, food and games. And a Pan-African library, with special emphasis on religious and modern social problems is to be built up immediately.
To interest schools throughout the U.K. in African studies, links are being planned between, for example, secondary schools in furniture manufacturing towns here and schools in timber-producing districts in English-speaking Africa.
The annual report of the Africa Centre, issued this week, points out: "Most visitors coming to the Centre want to talk over some of their problems and needs or exchange news on social, religious or economic matters. But a great deal of correspondence is also carried on from the Centre. Someone in Ghana writes to let us know of the imminent arrival of a friend. Social workers from other European countries going to work in English-speaking territories of Africa come through our office to English homes for a short orientation stay.
"Missionaries on leave, as well as those attending conferences abroad or those expelled from the Southern Sudan, have called and brought current news to supplement background reports. The names of Swahili experts have been provided in connection with the translation and publication of a Swahili prayerbook. Information about mission statistics and Catholic contacts is being constantly supplied." The report adds: "A considerable proportion of the enquiries and requests come from nonCatholic and non-denominational sources."