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African Heritage – Elementary 2023 – 2024 Program (In-person)

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Program Information

The African Heritage Program connects students to the contributions, histories, legacies, cultures and traditions of people of African descent through inquiry and experiential learning. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn and explore experiences inspired by the principles of Nguzo Saba, a Swahili word also known as the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa that honours the people of African Ancestry, their rich heritage and past, celebrations, thanksgiving, empowerment, and daily affirmations. Student inquiry and classroom learning are delivered through four main content areas focusing on: Early Civilizations of Africa, Celebrations and Traditions, Achievements and Contributions, and Rights and Equality.. Nguzo Saba, a Swahili word also known as the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa are embedded throughout all of the inquiry in the curriculum to provide guidance in the learning


$20 material fee required at the time of registration

Where and When

The African Heritage program can be offered in TDSB schools around the city in which an ILE program is currently running. Classes are held one day a week, after regular day school or Saturday. There are 30 classes/weeks in total. Classes run for 2.5 hours.

Please note that there are no classes on PA Days, long weekends, December Break and March Break.

2023-2024 Important Dates

Program Day

Registration Day

First Day of Class

Holidays/No Class

Last Day of Class


Sept 18, 2023

Sept 25, 2023

Oct 9, 2023: Thanksgiving
Feb 19. 2024:  Family Day
March 11, 2024:  March Break
April 1, 2024: Easter Monday
May 20, 2024:  Victoria Day

June 3, 2024


Sept 19, 2023

Sept 26, 2023

March 12, 2024:  March Break

May 7, 2024


Sept 20, 2023

Sept 27, 2023

March 13, 2024:  March Break

May 8, 2024


Sept 21, 2023

Sept 28, 2023

March 14, 2024:  March Break

May 9, 2024


Sept 8, 2023

Sept 15, 2023

October 6, 2023:  PA Day
November 17, 2023:  PA Day
Dec 8, 2023:  PA Day
January 19, 2024:  PA Day
 Feb 16, 2024:  PA Day
March 15, 2024:  March Break
 March 29, 2024:  Good Friday
April 19. 2024:  PA Day
June 7, 2024:  PA Day

June 21, 2024


Sept 16, 2023

Sept 23, 2023

October 7, 2023:  Thanksgiving
February 17, 2024:  Family Day
March 9, 16, 2024:  March Break
March 30, 2024:  Easter Weekend
May 18, 2024:  Victoria Day weekend

June 15, 2024


Registration Information

Please note that registration is ongoing. Our registration process will accommodate all days of significance.

Online Registration

Online registration is now closed for Fall 2023-2024.


In-person Registration

To register, please do the following:

  1. Download and complete the registration form.
  2. Print the completed form. When you print, please choose “Fit to printable area” under printer settings to ensure that the entire form is printed. Not choosing this option may result in printing only part of the form.
  3. Sign the registration form
  4. Bring completed registration form to the ILE/AH school on registration day or program day during program time only (see table above). View list of schools, program days and times.  Complete registration with payment of $20 materials fee. Cash is not accepted. Debit/credit cards and cheques are accepted as forms of payment.

Download Registration Form

Please note that blank registration forms are available at the school for completion. These forms are available during program hours only.

View a list of Frequently Asked Questions

For questions or inquiries regarding our programs please see list of Program Officer's by school: Program Officer Emails by School Name.

Continuing Education

Phone: 416-338-4100
John Polanyi Collegiate Institute (Back of the building, off Varna Drive)
640 Lawrence Ave W North York, ON M6A 1B1

In The News

2022-2023 African Heritage Elementary Program Curriculum Launch