The Cariocca Education Trust (CET) was established in 2000 to assist and offer financial support to African Caribbean heritage students enrolled on further and higher education courses in areas of accountancy, science, engineering and information technology. This was made possible by way of financial support from Cariocca Enterprises Ltd.
Our founder member Louise Da-Cocodia passed away on the 13th March 2008. In honour of her exceptional commitment to the Manchester community CET was re-launched in October 2008 under its new name the Louise Da-Cocodia Education Trust (L.D.E.T.).
This event was sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University and supported by City College Manchester. Louise was a member of the governing body of both these organisations. Since its relaunch the Trust has engaged in a number of activities. This included the conference on Making Education A Priority – Alternative Approaches and the Manchester Black Parents, Children and Young People’s conference.
The outcomes from this conference included:
1. (BAAGS) Barriers, Aspiration , Access and Gaps Project in partnership with MMU and Zion Arts Centre
2. Science Day School organised by the Faculty of Science and Engineering at MMU. This was an opportunity for the Trust Saturday School children to participate in a range of interactive lab sessions
3. Research project on Race Equality in Teacher Education funded by the Higher Education Academy in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh
4. RISE pilot project for Black boys in particular those at risk of exclusion from school. Undertaken in partnership with Old Trafford Youth Club
5. Research- Aspirations and Engagement Strategy for Working with Young Black Men (i.e. Moss Side & Hulme ) in partnership with MMU community Audit and Evaluation Centre
To provide relevant and accessible education, employment and enterprise services, in particular to people of African and Caribbean heritage, so they can fulfil their potential and achieve their aspirations.
To be renowned as a catalyst for promoting and increasing levels of diverse representation in education, employment and enterprise, in particular for people of African and Caribbean heritage.