Africa needs new answers to old questions. If the generations continue to learn the same, using the same learning techniques, the answers of the upcoming generations will continue to be the same. The diverse peoples of West Africa are nothing else but creative, but the post-colonial teaching techniques and perspectives on learning, are not strengthening the creativity. On the contrary the top-down, linear teaching method, based on q and a, where the a`s have one right answer, will foster a generation without the capability of creative problem-solving and innovative entrepreneurship. Traditionally, the West African cultures, are conglomerates of various “knowledges” and learning styles. By introducing the traditional science of the bearers of the traditions, impersonated in the Griot-families, the children and youth can harvest the deep wisdom of their living tradition, without being divided by a gap between formal education and their everyday life. The Culture Kids toolbox has three dimensions: the cultural education dimension, the creative learning dimension and the social engagement dimension. These three dimensions will foster social entrepreneurship and strengthening the upcoming generation in a rapidly changing global setting.
Culture Kids for children in schools
In collaboration with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, local schools and parents, we are implementing Culture Kids workshops in schools, where the children are receiving classes in traditional West African culture, creative workshops with LEGO and project-based community engagement workshops where they choose a topic or a task to improve own or other`s livelihood.
Culture Kids for students and professionals
In collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education, ECCOGambia and ECCO International are developing and implementing teaching of teacher modules at the Education Department of the Gambia College. The University of The Gambia is instrumental in the research, documentation and evaluation of the impact of the introduction of the Culture Kids toolbox in the National curriculum.
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