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.
The summer school early in the 21st century transitioned into a centre which focuses on English, Mathematics, French, Black History, Science and Arts and Crafts. The program is multicultural and multiracial. Chinese, Asians, Blacks and whites enjoy their summer together learning and playing. Academic subjects are offered in the morning from 8:30 to about noon. In the afternoon session sports, physical and cultural activities are followed. Students follow the same subject matter done in their school and the evaluation is based on the school boards’ and ministry of education norms.
At the end of the program there is a concert which showcases what the students learned in the areas of culture, science, music and dance.