MNM presents a powerful documentary about the history and Islamic legacy of West Africa. "The Legend of Timbuktu" tells about the empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai, who became the first Sub Saharan people to accept Islam, early as 850 A.D..
From great Muslim African leaders like Mansa Musa, who raised Timbuktu to new heights, to Abubakari II, who crossed the Atlantic Ocean to America nearly 200 years before Cristopher Columbus - this critically acclaimed documentary explores African history like never before.
The intent of Pan-Afrikan education is to aide in the decolonization process of the Afrikan Mind. To destroy all illusion created to keep us pacified, quite, dumb about our conditions. Its either Pan-Afrikanism or Parish!
Over more than two centuries men, women, and children escaped from slavery to make the Southern wilderness their home. They hid in the mountains of Virginia and the low swamps of South Carolina; they stayed in the neighborhood or paddled their way to secluded places; they buried themselves underground or built comfortable settlements. Known as maroons, they lived on their own or set up communities in swamps or other areas where they were not likely to be discovered.
A US based Kenyan woman has started a new Preparatory school in Kennesaw, Georgia, about 25 Kilometers West of the city of Atlanta.
Princeton Preparatory school, which is a Montessori-style institution, welcomes its first batch of pupils on Monday.
The proprietor, Ms Faith Wangunyu, told the Nation that she had to work multiple jobs to raise the start-up capital required to start the school.
“I had to raise at least US $50,000 as start-up capital. I didn’t receive a penny in outside aid from anyone,” she said adding; “I’ve worked as an emissions inspector, a night auditor at a hotel, a nursing aide, you name it,” said the 31 year old entrepreneur.
A third year student of International Affairs at Kennesaw State University, Wangunyu says her efforts have finally borne some fruits. “I am very grateful to my family for encouraging me even when I felt like giving up,” she said.
She spoke during the ribbon cutting ceremony at the school last Saturday, which was attended by the Mayor of Kennesaw city, Mr Mark Mathews, a number of other city officials, parents and well wishers.
The mayor paid tribute to Ms Wangunyu and thanked her for choosing the city of Kennesaw as the school’s location.
An ancient skull discovered in Israel seven years ago could give hints on the earliest migrants from Africa. The skull, dating back to 50,000 years, was unearthed from the Manot Cave in Western Galilee, Israel, in 2008. Scientists have named the fossil Manot 1.
A report in The Huffington Post says that the bun shape of the skull resembles recent African and ancient European skulls, but differs from modern humans from the Levant, the eastern Mediterranean region that includes Israel. Researchers believe the individual whose skull they discovered lived at a time when modern humans are thought to have interbred with Neanderthals.
Hershkovitz adds that this is a key skull in understanding modern human evolution as this is the first evidence that shows there was indeed a large wave of migrants out of East Africa, crossing the Sahara and the Nubian desert and inhabiting the eastern Mediterranean region 55,000 years ago.
Researchers plan to hunt for more such fossils in Manot Cave in July.
According to a BBC report, physical features of the skull, such as a distinctive “bun-shaped” region at the back, resemble those found in the earliest modern humans from Europe. “This implies that the Manot people were probably the forefathers of many of the early, Upper Palaeolithic populations of Europe”, Israel Hershkovitz, from Tel Aviv University and one of the authors of the study, told the Nature podcast.
French is Dead. If it's the only language you speak, you'd have access to less than 4% of humanity knowledge and ideas. That's very limiting. For France, French language is a matter of international prestige, but Africans don't have anymore the luxury of satisfying the salon caprice of grandeur of France by sticking to a dying language! In United States more than 300,000 new book titles and editions are published every year. In United Kingdom this number is 206,000. Where does France stands? In France only 63,000 new book titles and editions are published every year. This is 5 times less than the Unites States and 3 times less than United Kingdom. This means a person who is only literate in French would have 8 times less access to information and knowledge than a person who is is literate in English. In Burkina-Faso, only 12 new book titles and editions are published every year. In Mali 14, in Benin 84, in Madagascar 119, and in Egypt 9,022 the highest 9,022 the highest ranking African country.
How does French stands in scientific publications?
In terms of academic and scientific articles, Unites States produced about 3 millions scientific articles over the last ten years, United Kingdom 700.000 articles. Where does France stands? 500.000 articles. It means that a person who is literate in French would have 7 times less access to scientific publications than a person who is literate in English.
In fact, this number is much higher because all other countries mainly publish their scientific articles in English as all major scientific reviews, journals and publications are in English.
Read more: http://www.siliconafrica.com/following-rwanda-senegal-to-replace-french-by-english-to-develop-the-country-faster/
Schools in Oakland, California, may have found the key to closing the achievement gap between African-American males and other groups of students, according to a recent report.
In 2010, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) began offering elective courses specifically for its lowest-performing students: African-American males. Several years later, the initiative, known as the Manhood Development Program (MDP), has been successful in narrowing achievement gaps and improving school culture, says the report from Vajra Watson, director of research and policy for equity at the University of California, Davis.
"When students begin the program, many of them define blackness in America to be ugly, to be bad and all of these negative attributes," said Watson in audio that accompanied a January press release for the report. "And then after being a part of the program and the brotherhood and learning about themselves, they start to identify as young kings, as scholars."
The Manhood Development Program is part of the district's Office of African American Male Achievement, which was created in 2010 and was the first of its kind nationally. The program brings together African-American male students and teachers for classes designed to build leadership and foster brotherhood. High- and low-achieving students are accepted to MDP, as are mid-level pupils. The lessons mix culturally relevant history and literature with identity development and college preparation.
Since the inception of this program, suspension rates have dropped among black male students in the district, while graduation rates have risen. Students in the program have seen an increase in their grade point averages. MDP students are more likely than their peers to report that their teachers want them to succeed and that they feel proud to be African-American, according to surveys administered through the report.