The Quebec Board of Black Educators began its BANA program in the early 70s after the successful launch of the high school project, Da Costa-Hall. BANA is the Swahili word meaning child. The intent of the two summer schools, one for the high school and the other for the elementary, was to assist newly-arrived Black Caribbean students to adapt to the educational system in Montreal. Many children lagged behind due to a lack of acculturation and the prejudicial placement in lower grades upon arrival. For four decades BANA was run as a remedial service in the Black Community.