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.
As part of our 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.
The programme aims to help contribute to providing new opportunities for dialogue and networking between young people in both places, in order to stimulate new understanding which will unlock new connections and collaborations for mutual benefit.
The planned programme will work across our business areas including Arts and creative industries, Education 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.
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.
The planned pilot, co-funded with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 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and other digitally savvy young professionals from across Africa and the UK to ‘hack’ the problem of singular, outdated narratives between Africa and the UK and prototype solutions that help stimulate more plural and diverse narratives across both locations.
Procurement Timelines are as follows: