SHOWCASING AFRICAN CULTURAL HERITAGE THROUGH AFRICAN EYES
Traditions ♦ Knowledge ♦ Legacy
Many children of African descent in public schools tend to dissociate from their cultural heritage as a result of the myth and stereotypes perpetuated against the continent. In order to increase the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation for Africa’s place in world history, AHI will showcase Africa through “African Eyes”.
Children of African descent in the diaspora in elementary schools tend not to be grounded in the knowledge and experience of their cultural heritage. Reasons are not far fetched! Schools have so many subjects to teach. A more pointed reason is that many children of African descent in public schools tend to dissociate from their cultural heritage because of the myth and stereotypes perpetuated against the African continent. So they learn to read and write, and learn about other people’s culture and history but their own. And as Marcus Garvey put it, “a people without the knowledge of their past history and culture is like a tree without roots.”
♦ By promoting cultural knowledge, AHI aims to expose children and youth of African descent and those of other backgrounds to authentic Africa through heritage programs and projects.
♦ AHI seeks to supplement the meager-to-no inclusion of African cultural heritage awareness by school district to ground the children of African descent, instilling in them pride in their rich cultural heritage, enabling them in the demonstration of healthy self-concepts that center in their multicultural environment.
AHI WILL OFFER AFTERSCHOOL/SATURDAY ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
ARTS AND CRAFT
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