African history taught in British classrooms today centres on slavery, and the humanitarian aid that western countries send to Africa – the typical ‘single story’ of Africa.
When the teaching of African history within the context of Black history begins and end with slavery, it ignores the humanity of black people.
In light of this, the National Institute for African Studies (NIAS) is organising a debate & round table discussion on Weds 19th of April @ 6:30pm, where the consequences of the current approaches to teaching African history within British school curriculum will be discussed.
To address the limited nature of African/Black history taught within British schools. NIAS is proposing to commission a five series booklet, detailing the roles and accounts of five specific ancient African civilisations – prior to contact with the Atlantic slave trade and European colonisation accounts.
Your presence and contribution at this event will be much appreciated.
PROGRAMME SCHEDULE AND HIGHLIGHTS
• Welcome & Brief overview by Dele Williams, NIAS Director
• Presentation by: Femi Akomolafe
• Debates & Discussions
Author of the book: Black Damage: Why Africa and its Diasporas are plagued with poverty, conflicts and crime, and the ways forward'
Phone number: 0208 616 5575
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Welcome to National Institute for African Studies (NIAS).
NIAS is a UK based think tank. We have set ourselves the goal of providing practical and thought leadership towards finding lasting solutions to the challenge of creating sustainable livelihoods for the masses.
Our contribution is anchored on the premise that creating enabling environments and incentives for people to trade their way out of poverty is the best way to end intergenerational transfers of poverty within communities in the UK and in Africa.
While market access is certainly important for absolute poverty elimination, research shows that market access in and of itself does not automatically lead to sustainable livelihood for the poor. Entrepreneurship and appropriate education policies/programmes must be supported.
NIAS is committed to adding value by engaging in quality research, policy reflections and the building of a coalition to support this worthwhile cause.