The African History Project (AHP) launches a research and policy Centre dedicated to thought leadership in the area of Pan-African Citizenship Education.
This innovative project, the first of its kind, is dedicated to mapping past and present Pan-African action to codify a pedagogy for a trans-cultural and trans-national citizenship derived from the Black experience.
CPACE’s first project will be CPACE Paper 2022. The paper will seek to promote Pan-African identity by providing guidelines for Pan African Citizenship Education at the levels of the family, community, and among educators.
‘It is an honour to join with these two organisations to begin this journey,’ says AHP Director, Apeike Umolu, ‘over the last year I have gotten to know these institutions and their leaderships well and feel they are wonderful partners to join us on this project.
Global Citizenship vs. Pan-African Citizenship
GCE remains an important pedagogical ideal around the world. The idea that the world’s problems are inherently global in nature, and therefore require global solutions, which in turn requires populations with globalised identities, is near-ubiquitous in teaching materials in much of the western hemisphere and the global south.
Many scholars however have questioned the ability of GCE to truly deliver value to the global south. ‘Global citizenship theory has come under immense criticism from scholars and educators within the Black experience,’ says Umolu, ‘there is a genuine worry that its ideals are having a detrimental impact on the ability of the global south and its diaspora to prosper materially and psychologically in this era of globalisation’.
Pan Africanism is an ideology that transcends borders, creating trans-cultural and trans-national identities that aim to allow Black people to find global solutions to the globalised problems of the world, particularly those unique to the Black experience.
If Pan-African identity, rhetoric, and actions are geared towards achieving ever greater union between people of African descent, then Pan-African citizenship is a form of global citizenship derived from the Black experience:
‘Pan-African movements of the past, as well as Pan-African actions of today, have something to teach the world about effective trans-cultural and trans-national cooperation’, says Umolu. ‘Over the last 500 years or so, Pan-African ideals have been at the heart of liberation movements that successfully overthrew the worst examples of enslavement and colonisation in human history. Someone is yet to read the archives while engaging with the grassroots so as to codify these experiences, derive philosophies and formulate practical pedagogical frameworks to inform the inculcation of Pan-African citizenship identities across society. I hope CPACE is the organisation for the job.’
Umolu believes that CPACE’s unique blend of historical analysis and a commitment to the exploration of grassroots Pan-Africanism will contribute to a better understanding of the promises of African philosophies of, and approaches to, education to inform a more compassionate and effective global citizenship pedagogy.
‘As you can see,’ continues Umolu, ‘CPACE is an innovative institution. We hope to deliver innovative solutions to a very real problem – the proliferation of western ideological hegemony under the guise of global citizenship education.’
About the African History Project
The African History Project is a specialist liberal arts school of Black history, political thought and culture. Our world-class programme includes public lectures, workshops, short courses and foundation certificates in all aspects of Black political and intellectual history and thought. Through this innovative programming that seeks to centre the Black experience, we aim to inspire students, spark debate and champion Black history.
We work with historians, educators, writers, poets and artists based across the world. Drawing on our shared expertise, our courses allow students to understand more about Africa, her ideas, her politics, her religions and above all her people, both on the continent and in the diaspora.
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