In the African tradition of communitarianism, best captured by the phrase derived from the Ubuntu tradition, ‘I am because you are’, it is with deep pride that the African History Project introduces its Lead Institutional Contributors (LICs) to this Paper.
While the AHP can lead in an exploration of PACE among educators, we know that our conversations in regards to family and the community will be enhanced by collaboration with the LICs.
Over the last year, collaboration has been at the centre of the school’s mission. We have asked ourselves how can we build sustainable connections in line with the example provided by Pan-Africans of the past? How do we work collaboratively to deliver proposals that we can be proud of? We have had the pleasure of beginning on this journey with the two LICs discussed below.
The LICs for Paper 2022 will:
- Share with the Paper their own institutional pedagogy for the promotion of Pan-African Citizenship among their staff, in their spaces and within their memberships;
- Facilitate the same exploration with a number of their key contacts;
- Contribute feedback to the final frameworks of Pan-African Citizenship Education (PACE) the paper will propose.
Opened in 1964, the Africa Centre has been a leading space in the diaspora since its founding days.
Seeing itself as a “home-away-from-home” for the British diaspora, it has a long history as a hub for Pan-African discourse. Though discourses on culture have been the mainstay of the Centre’s efforts in recent years, we know that culture is the bedrock of all political and social action. Therefore we are thrilled to have this institution and its visionary leadership joining us on the Paper.
The Centre’s leading role in facilitating conversations that will shape this Paper are part of wider campaigns being spearheaded by Belvin Tawuya, the Centre’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. He aims to place the Centre at the heart of all contemporary discourses on the Black experience. Tawuya recognises the role the Paper can play in this endeavour.
It should come as no surprise that the Centre will be leading conversations around PACE in the Community for this Paper. Connecting with its network to examine questions such as: what does ‘community’ mean in the Black experience? What do people expect of the community and what is the general impression of the extent to which they are receiving this? How much does community identity form a part of individual identity, and how much does it contribute to esteem? How are cultural and other institutions designing their programming to nurture community identity and capitalise on the power of collective action?
Ultimately the hope is that the conversations that the Centre will lead will contribute to understandings about the role of the community in PACE. We hope with the Centre’s input to be able to develop a resource that community leaders can refer to when designing their programming and engaging with their membership.
BeComeImmersive has centred its work on the most important part of the Black experience, the fostering of esteem at the level of the individual and the family.
Led by André Bright, BeComeImmersive prides itself as a safe space for people of African descent. Their space is a healing space focused on addressing issues of the mind, body and relationships.
Bright and his team are uniquely placed to lead conversations that will inform the design of a PACE Framework for application within the family. The Black family has faced unprecedented challenges over the last half a millenium. This is a fact not lost on Bright whose innovative talks on matters such as Black blood health, inheritance rights and financial security all speak to the need to centre the family in explorations and codification of the lessons of the Black experience.
By connecting with its network, BeComeImmersive will lead in the Paper’s explorations of questions such as: what is the pedagogy of the family? How is identity nurtured in the Black family and how much of that nurtured identity is distinctly Pan-African? How much does Pan-African reasoning feature in individual and familial decision-making? How does the family interact with the community in furtherance of Pan-African ideals? Is there such a thing as the Pan-African family distinct from more elemental ethnic identities?
Ultimately we hope that BeComeImmersive can spearhead conversations about the role of the family in PACE and the codification of a PACE Framework for Families. We hope to produce a useful resource for existing and yet to be formed family units to think about the constitutions of their family and how they nurture esteem and Pan-African citizenship in all members of the family unit.