Date of Publication: 2021
Pages: 334
ISBN: 978-1-942774-05-1

Dr. Nah Dove

The Afrocentric School: [a blueprint]

Who are we? Is a central question asked throughout the African Diaspora. This handbook offers answers to that burning question based on ancient African principles that relate to the critical role of teaching our children and are drawn from Nah Dove’s UNICEF-sponsored work in Ghana. Grounded in the love of African humanity–women, men, girls, and boys, this handbook counters anti-African and anti-Black beliefs that have been propounded over centuries. This work recognizes a range of African cultural values, beliefs, and behaviors every bit as wide as there was amongst the different peoples who conquered Africa.

In Afrocentric School: BluePrint, the cultural legacy, and heritage of Africa is embraced to reawaken the cultural memory. Dove provides a foundational curriculum for children aged 3-15 years, with standards-based on expectations developed from child development and education baseline studies.

Readers will learn how to:

  • Provide students the opportunity to begin the study of the world, its people, concepts, and history from the view of the African child’s heritage;
  • Identify African principles and teachings;
  • Correct distorted information; and
  • Develop lesson plans that guide the teacher, parent, student, and reader in understanding African cultural history from an Afrocentric theoretical perspective.

In this presentation, we highlight a few of the many activities that teachers, parents, and families will find to reclaim African knowledge and reawaken their children’s honest and restored cultural identity.

About the Author

Dr. Nah Dove is an assistant professor in the Department of Africology and African American Studies at Temple University. She spent her formative years in Ghana and Nigeria, was raised in the United Kingdom, and has worked in Sierra Leone and Ghana. Based on her research, she wrote the seminal book Afrikan Mothers: Bearers of Culture, Makers of Social Change.

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