by KOFI ADJEI
Workshops introduce participants to a new idea, and inspire them to further explore it on their own going forward. It is a great way to teach hands-on skills as it gives learners an opportunity to try out new methods and to “fail” in a safe and open environment.
In this article, we will give you an idea of how the African History Project runs its workshops, the ethos behind them, and a breakdown of an AHP workshop experience.
Many of us have at one point considered taking courses to learn something new, review previously learned ideas, or to undertake professional career development. However, most of us have not been able to do so because of a number of reasons :
- Financial constraints
- Epidemics that restrict movement such as COVID- 19
- Physical distance to your choice of school
With such constraining factors, the idea of providing virtual learning environments for researchers, teachers and students has grown rapidly.
At the AHP, as a new and fully online liberal arts school, we are always thinking of ways to provide courses that people can plug into no matter their circumstances. Our workshops are at the heart of this vision, allowing people to carve out an evening or a day to dive into a topic that is close to their hearts. Our expertly curated sessions are interactive and engaging, allowing students to build community and develop key skills of historical analysis.
Our workshops run from between 2 to 6 hours. Scheduled at evenings and weekends, they are designed to fit around busy family and work lives. The pre-reading provided allows students to begin engaging with the course content before their arrival so they can make the most of their time with our tutors.
Our workshops are led by our Director and stellar team of Fellows. Delivered online via live seminars, they are open to all people. Class sizes are kept small to facilitate robust and interactive discussions of the themes and readings.
5 Top Reasons to Attend an AHP Workshop?
Apart from learning new things, by attending a workshop, you can also build new relationships with like-minded people.
Building new relationships and meeting new connections are important to personal growth. Our workshops give you the best opportunity to meet other people all over the world who share your interests. It is always a pleasure to meet someone with the same enthusiasm that you have. Attending a workshop is a great way to begin sharing your ideas with others who will appreciate your passion.
Novel Ways of Thinking
At our workshops, history is taught from a new perspective – a perspective that centres the lives and thoughts of the Black people at the heart of the historical narratives. This is rare for Black history courses which often centre outside voices. Thus, our workshops allow you to not only study Black history but to study them in a decolonised way.
Assessment or Evaluation
Quality feedback can be hard to come by, but it is important for people developing a new skill or professionals building a career. Through discussion and debate, you will learn to give and receive sincere, constructive critique to improve your work as an academic, professional or amateur. While there is no formal assessment on our workshops, participants often tell us they feel their critical thinking skills and skills of oral expression were stretched by their time with us.
Inspired to Work Better
You are more inspired to finish something when you have an audience or support. Our workshops are encouraging and supportive communities of shared intellectual growth – it is almost guaranteed that someone else will appreciate your work and propel you forward with their own stories and experiences. Attending an AHP workshop is essentially giving yourself the opportunity to learn something new from peers who may have exciting experiences and knowledge to share with you.
Having Fun While Learning
Most importantly, our workshops are intended for personal development and enjoyment. When you are happy, your productivity and innovation improve dramatically in all aspects of your life. Our workshops are ultimately about having fun exploring the narratives of the past. Even when those narratives are difficult, together we work to understand them better and feel a certain sense of achievement for having done so. In this way, our courses are dynamic and engaging learning experiences.
Which workshop to do first?
It can be hard to know where to start on your Black history journey. I would recommend our Black Consciousness Workshop as a great starting point.
This enlightening 1-day course will not only place Black Consciousness in its historical context but students will learn how to deploy its tools in pursuit of their personal and collective growth. The course consists of a number of interactive sessions centred on the writings of thinkers such as Martinican political thinker Frantz Fanon, South African revolutionary Steve Biko, and Brazilian educational theorist Paolo Freire and others.
And that’s it for now…
AHP workshops are fun, riveting, interactive and insightful sessions. Sparking debate, opening conversations and providing practical tools, you will be supported to be your best and to take your historical skills to the next level!