The average time frame for the completion of scribal development (scribes were learned individuals) in ancient Kemet was forty-two years. In our present day American society, we are led to believe that we have obtained some sense of intelligence in twelve to sixteen years. Guaranteed there are some things that a person can know within that time span however, it is also guaranteed that there is a lot that a person will not know. To avoid a state of un-consciousness, Afrikan people should seek to practice, as their elders and ancestors have before them, a
comprehension of the fact that learning via education is a lifelong process. As the aforementioned is strongly, my own personal belief, my educational philosophy is one that includes “Doing Saku or seeking the Saku (Wade Nobles, 2006).”
In doing Saku or seeking Saku, one develops a consciousness that is based on the concept of Nsaka Sumsum where one allows for spirit touching in order to internalize information that will assist in the development of Iwa Pele (Good Character). Facilitators (Educators), particularly nurturers who aim to assist in the development of African youth who are beneficent, concerned contributors to their
communities, must touch the spirit of the youth they teach. I believe this is achievable if the facilitator is one who has Iwa Pele-Good Character. When a facilitator has good character, they naturally touch the spirit of the youth they engage on a daily basis. This is what I seek to achieve with the Afrikan youth I engage and exchange information with on a daily basis.
As the information age has transported most of us towards a quantum level of human interaction. Afrikan people have to work hard to bring our children into a global state of mind. This state of mind must be inclusive of the ideas that we are all worthy humans who need one another. We must always teach our humanity because Afrikan youth who are educated build upon the legacies of their ancestors and elders thereby continuing the traditions and survival mentalities of Afrikan people, who are life givers, life sustainers and life maintainers.
Iya Adjua, PhD