Update September 2020
Greetings to you wherever you are in the world. This is such a strange time, so stay safe and be kind. It's easy to feel angry about delays and changes, but it doesn't really help.
At present our focus is in finding new ways to research the shared histories and links between communities and countries, and telling these stories using a range of approaches working with poets, teachers, authors, academics and entertainers.
Jamaican poet, Yasus Afari, keeps in close touch and we are working on the 'Building Bridges' poetry project, showcasing the poetry written by students and teachers he met at schools in North Wales and in Jamaica.
Yasus Afari's virtual 'Jamaica Poetry Festival 2020' was amazing - a fabulous achievement with 65,000 views so far - to check out on YouTube Click HERE It's well worth planning to take a couple of hours and just watching it!
The 'Dyffryn Ogwen Wirters and Friends' Zoom sessions on Creative Writing have started and are going well.
Click HERE for more information. This is supported by Lottery 'Celebration' funding.
The Pennants Project team meet evry few weeks and we are making good progress towards raising the funds to refurbush the school in ennants and build an Infant Department.
We are also currently exploring the links that Wales has around the world, as well as looking at ways to celebrate Welsh Language and Culture, and due to Liz's current location, we are exploring the way that the story of colonial invasion of the Australian continent is told. It was recently 250 years since Cook landed, so there is lots of TV coverage of the story - told in many different ways.
In the UK we work with a wide range of organisations and schools, including Arts Council Wales, , Race Council Cymru, Rotary International and Wales International/ Cymru a'r Byd.
In Jamaica we work with the Institute of Jamaica, Edutainment Promotion and the Jamaican Language Unit, as well as the Rotary Club of May Pen and Clarendon Council.
THANK YOU / DIOLCH YN FAWR to the National Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting our application to research the story of 'From Sheep to Sugar: Welsh Wool and Slavery'. Check out www.welshplains.cymru for links to the project's bilingual sites. This was a very successful project, with lots of 'spin off'!
DIOLCH YN FAWR / THANK YOU
to the Rhona Reid Trust for support with the 'Building Bridges'
Project - website under construction!
THANK YOU / DIOLCH YN FAWR to the Welsh Government for additional support for the "Geriau Windrush Words" project and also "Caribbean Connections"
and "Tenke" / Thank You to YASUS AFARI for your support in carrying out the Jamaica Wales Alliance Community Black History Month community tour in Wales in October 2019.
Learning Links was developed initially 10 years ago, see "Remembering 2007 in 2017".
Now our research and projects cover an even wider spectrum, as we identify new links and opportunities for research by community based volunteers in countries and communities around the world.
Please use this site to explore how we can link with your interests, by finding out about the projects and activities we have been involved in, and also about some of the ideas we have for developing some of these threads and the new challenges we are taking on.
We are always delighted to hear from people interested in our work and activities! There are many ways to explore and share stories, please contact us if you have an idea or suggestions to make.
Here are members of the Learning Links International Jamaican delegation at the Denbigh and Flintshire Agricultural Show held in North Wales each August.
NB Currently we have most of our work based in Wales. We are updating our website with the intention of presenting more information in Welsh, with monthly updates.