Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

This is one of the many inspirational quotes by a great African Man, Nelson Mandela. Most of us Africans present in foreign countries leave our home country in hope to find better education to one day apply in our home countries and see them thrive and achieve horizons that were never imagined. As a strong believer that not only Africa as a continent but also Africans have a lot to give and achieve it is believed that this quote is what would better resonate us! Because with education you can really change the world, the perception that people have towards a certain topic and capability to open doors that maybe once other people could not. In addition, education is not only powerful weapon but it motivates you to leave your comfort zone, because a winner is a dreamer who never gives up. However, when achieving higher degree of education it comes from the help of many people, meaning that it is not possible to achieve things alone, it is important to have a sense of teamwork and trust in others.

The African Students Community was birthed with the intention to connect the studying (and the working) Africans in the lovely city of Groningen. Simply put, representation matters and this representation needed to be done by African students for African students. The students that came all the way from Africa to study in Groningen believed that they deserved and needed to build a platform. A platform that has been used and will continue to be used as a way to connect. This connecting has happened and still happens throughout the events presented by us.

Another point of attention which has added that much more shine to the African Students Community, is that we have always worked with those who consider themselves friends of Africa. These friends can be characterized as people with a genuine love and care for the vast and diverse African continent. Together we dance, we talk, we listen, we learn and exchange our ideas.

The present Board intends to keep on the same traditions that the ASC was grounded from and continuing to help those who are present and will come to Groningen. Not only do we want to create a platform but also a family! A family that will help you not only adapt but also adjust to a different culture and location.

Aim and Objectives

This Association operates as a social, cultural, non-profit, non-political, non-religious organization affiliated to the Universities of Groningen and Hanze, having the following aims and objectives:

  • To serve as a support organization to help the new and existing African students adjust to life in Groningen
  • To unite, maintain and encourage contacts between students and former students of the Universities in Groningen and other Academic institutions in Groningen originally from the African continent
  • To promote the interests in the broadest sense of these students and former students and of the members of the Association in particular
  • To promote contacts between the Association and the Universities and other academic institutions in Groningen
  • To promote educational exchange between Africa and the Netherlands and its international students body, particularly the universities and other academic institutions in Groningen
  • To present the rich African culture and heritage to the Groningen community interested in Africa by organizing activities and events and also encourages cultural exchange
  • To facilitate interaction with other student Associations in Groningen and other Associations (African and Non-African) in The Netherlands and promote goodwill and understanding among international students
  • To do everything connected with the foregoing or which may be beneficial to it

Activities

As Africans we do enjoy being together, growing together and learn from one another. Therefore, we have activities at least once a month. However, the dates may vary depending on the availability of locations and exam period.

Some of these activities are:

  • Christmas Party / End of the year part (December)
  • Welcoming dinner(February)
  • Symposium
  • Dance workshops
  • Social events such as games, excursions and social drinks
  • Educational events such as intercultural debates, exchange of cultures, documentaries and many more