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It’s here, ACCLAIM, an answer to the challenges facing parents, educators and community groups who lead Afrikan youth in their education journeys!!!  ACCLAIM is a research based instrument that has the Afrikan worldview at its center. The Afrikan worldview is a set of principles and guidelines for living based on strategies utilized by our Afrikan ancestors that allowed us to survive in civilized ways.  As noted in the works of Marimba Ani, Jedi Shemsu Jhwety (Jacob Carruthers) and Ifagbemi Sangodare Nana Kwaku Berko I Bejana Onebunne (Wade Nobles) – I paraphrase; Afrikan people need to know of, speak about and act on the necessity and importance of our operating as a group who shares Ancestors, values and survival skills.  It is in this sense that ACCLAIM is an answer for the provision of Afrikan centered education for Afrikan youth and Afrikan families.

ACCLAIM is a model that promotes, encourages and challenges leadership in schools, at home situations and learning centers, identifying as Afrikan centered,  to “walk their talk” in their adherence to and practice of the Afrikan worldview.  In other words, “To be an African teacher (Asa Hillard)…” or not is the question.  If the answer is not in the student’s viewing of the teacher’s/adult’s practice of the Afrikan worldview, then the teacher is not Afrikan centered. Contradiction between thoughts, words and actions; Sia/Hu/Heka – The Three Essences of Humanity (Carruthers, 1998; Hilliard, 1997) causes confusion in the student due to the contradictions they witness in the adults who are in control of their learning experiences.

Such confusion or inconsistency as it concerns the Three Essences of Humanity, may be eliminated via usage of ACCLAIM. ACCLAIM supports the eradication of in-congruence within the educator’s thoughts, words and actions in their efforts to be Afrikan centered.  Why and how? Because ACCLAIM encourages an Afrikan lifestyle as a necessary reflection of displaying the Afrikan worldview to Afrikan youth.  Adherence to ACCLAIM may be of assistance to Afrikan centered adult education leaders (elder siblings, parents, educators, administrators) provided the practitioner identifies as Afrikan and puts forth serious efforts to exist as an Afrikan centered human being.  ACCLAIM is an answer as it allows room for the Afrikan educator to reconnect to whom she/he is as an Afrikan person who walks their talk. One of many things that our Afrikan youth are good at is seeing through inconsistencies.  They are the first to ask; “If you don’t practice the Afrikan worldview, then why should I practice it?”  This is why it is imperative that ACCLAIM is implemented as a tool to assist Afrikan centered educators in guiding the learning experiences of Afrikan youth.

Iya Adjua, Phd;

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