Sankofa (Studies in African and Afro-American Culture)

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To prevent the alienation and crisis facing African youth, this book urges the building of a new form of African education that is firmly founded on all that is positive in indigenous thought and education. It also examines the impact of the concepts that underlie indigenous and Westernized education. As an in-depth illustration of African thought and education, traditional Amara (Ethiopian) thought and education is discussed in two chapters. The book underscores the need to understand Africans on their own terms within the context of their culture, and the necessity to be judicious in importing foreign ideas and institutions to Africa. Otherwise, the cultural and spiritual fabric of the African way of life will be torn beyond repair. This book has great implications for African and African American education.

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"This superbly written, moving document reveals the spiritual and functional basis of family life in an African country. It will enrich and enhance our own humanity.". Adelaide L. Sanford. Indigenous African education has rarely been presented, if ever, from a traditional African perspective in such a comprehensive manner. This book urges the building of a new form of African education firmly founded on all that is positive in indigenous thought and education to prevent the alienation and crisis facing African youth today. It also examines the impact of the concepts that underlie indigenous and Westernized education. Elleni Tedla. discusses traditional Amara (Ethiopian) thought and education in two chapters, giving us an in-depth illustration of African thought and education. The book underscores (1) the need to understand Africans on their own terms within the context of their culture, and (2) the necessity to be judicious in importing foreign ideas and institutions to Africa. Otherwise, the cultural and spiritual fabric of the African way of life will be torn beyond repair. This work has great implications for African and African American education.

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The Author: Elleni Tedla is an Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Cultural Center at Colgate University. She earned a Ph.D. in International Development and Education; an M.A. in Sociology; and an M.A. in Public Administration. Dr. Tedla served on the New York State Social Studies Review and Development Committee which wrote the 1991 report,One Nation, Many Peoples: A Declaration of Cultural Interdependence.

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