Our Values & Beliefs

CACE recognizes the importance of shared values. Moreover, CACE recognizes the importance of communicating these shared values throughout the organization. Hence, CACE has developed a number of belief statements with respect to: Learners, the African Nova Scotian Community, Educational Partners, Government of Nova Scotia, Fellow Council members, and CACE Staff.

CACE recognizes that Africa is the birthplace of all humanity; CACE has identified the following values as being core to achieving its Vision, Mission, and Mandate

  1. The seven Principles of Nguzo Saba
  2. Spirituality
  3. Love/Caring
  4. Sincerity
  5. Respect
  6. Sense of Community
  7. Sense of Direction
  8. Responsibility/Accountability
  9. Perseverance

African Nova Scotian Learners

CACE believes in empowering African Nova Scotian learners by ensuring they have access to educational experiences that ground them within the context of familiar cultural and social references from their own historical settings.

CACE Council Members

CACE recognizes the commitment of time and expertise of each council member to be a valuable contribution to the development of African Nova Scotian Learners. CACE believes that every council member has rights equal to every other member. Moreover, CACE believes that while the opinions and positions of individual members must always be acknowledged and respected, the power and authority of the Council is derived from group consensus, majority decisions, and a unified vision.

The African Nova Scotian Community

CACE believes that one’s appointment to Council is a privilege arising from the trust fellow African Nova Scotians have placed in the recommendations of the BLAC Report on Education (1994) and the educational infrastructure developed as a result. Therefore, in honoring this trust, each council member will act without prejudice and within the best interest of the African Nova Scotian Community.

Education Partners

CACE recognizes its various educational partners (ACSD, BEA, DBDLI, African Nova Scotian School Board Representatives, Regional Educators Program, RCH, Community Education Committees) as equal participants in the empowering of African Nova Scotian Learners. Therefore CACE will strive to develop an atmosphere of trust, open communication, and cooperation with all its educational partners.

Government of Nova Scotia

CACE believes that the government of Nova Scotia must play a central role in ensuring the implementation of the recommendations of the BLAC Report on Education. CACE believes that the government’s response to the BLAC Report acknowledges the creativity and intelligence of African Nova Scotians to be the architects of their own educational future. Therefore CACE will strive to develop an atmosphere of trust, open communication, and cooperation with the Department of Education and the Government of Nova Scotia.