Tutu Foundation UK launch Ubunta Roundtable project
Tutu Foundation UK have launched their innovative new project The Roundtable: Youth Police – Ubunta in Action in partnership with Youth Future, after a successful pilot of the scheme took place in Camberwell in May 2016.
The project is based on the traditional South African philosophy of ‘Ubunta’, which emphasizes the common humanity and interdependence of human beings.
The project’s aim is to dissipate tension between the police force and young people by inviting youth and police representatives from the local community to a roundtable discussion forum, to clarify and ascertain policing issues that matter to young people in their area.
The Tutu Foundation UK was successful in securing funding to bankroll the project from the Sir John Cass Foundation and the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), which allocated £50,000 for the project.
10 London boroughs have been selected to host the roundtable discussions, including Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Islington.
The project will officially launch on 18 March at a Central London venue, with the first roundtable discussion being held in Islington on 29 March.
Prem Goyal, Ambassador of Tutu Foundation UK, said: “This has the potential to be a truly groundbreaking project for youth-police relations. I was ecstatic when informed that the pilot scheme was a resounding success in Southwark and i’m confident that the 10 selected boroughs will benefit hugely from the project as well.”
Best wishes to Tutu Foundation UK and Youth Future on a successful project.