The 2021 African Nova Scotian History Challenges
The 14th African Nova Scotian History Challenges and Awards are an initiative of the Delmore ‘Buddy’
Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) and various partners in education from across the province. The goal of
the Challenges is to encourage discussion about African Nova Scotian history and culture.
The Awards gala for last year’s Challenges was all set for March 27th, 2020. The DBDLI had received
more than 4000 entries from 82 different schools. As in previous years, the Lieutenant Governor and
other special guests had confirmed their attendance to present the Awards and bursaries to students and
teachers for their winning entries. Then, on March 23rd, our lives changed. The Covid-19 pandemic
forced the closure of all schools and the Awards gala was cancelled. Though we could not
celebrate collectively, we did present the Awards and prizes to students and schools individually.
Hopefully, this year we will again be able to celebrate the winning submissions together.
The Challenges engage and involve students by inspiring both historical curiosity and artistic
creativity. A diverse array of media choices enables students of all grade levels to participate.
I invite all students and teachers to participate in the African Nova Scotian History
Challenges and I look forward to greeting you at the DBDLI Awards ceremony in the
Spring. Let’s celebrate and educate year-round.
Sylvia Parris-Drummond, CEO
Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute
Excellence in Africentric Education & Research