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Independent Afrikan centered parenting and education

Abusua yE dom empowerment plan

Abusua yE dom (Family is army) empowerment plan

1) Help to raise an Afrikan child in the diaspora. Get involved with a local black community center or organization as a volunteer for youth activities. You can also approach and/or ask single mothers or fathers in your family or neighbourhood if you can become a mentor in the life of their child. Remember becoming a mentor means being committed and devoted to the child that you are mentoring.

2) Donate to an Afrikan centered black community center or organization that deals with improving the lives of Our Afrikan children.

3) Donate to an Afrikan centered school or homeschooling collective in the diaspora. If you have an Afrikan centered school in your community, ask them if they need volunteers. Offer to become a volunteer when you have free time. Be committed to this work once you make an agreement to begin it. Support events and activities in your community that involve our children. Reach out to them and speak to them at these events.

4) Talk to the Afrikan children in your neighbourhood or community when you see them. Ask them how they are, how was their day and if they are out late at night tell them to get home. Let them know you care about them, let them know that they are valued and tell them that you are available to talk to them when they need you. Make sure if you tell them this that you mean it and are ready to stand by it.

5) Buy one or a few Afrikan storybook(s) for any child within your family, a nephew/niece or cousin kwk. Encourage your family members who have children to commit to purchasing Afrikan centered educational resources for their child. If they do not have the money, help them with the expenses. If you are an Afrikan parent invest in buying Afrikan books and educational resources for your child. This is essential to shaping cultural identity at an early age.

6) This one is not for the faint of heart. Contact the local child protection agency in your neighbourhood or community and ask them what is the percentage of Afrikan children they have in their agency. Reach out to local community workers and professionals in your area. Speak to them about the necessity of adopting our children. Organize a meeting with them concerning adoption in the Afrikan community.

7) If you are single and focused on family development and nation-building, do not avoid the possibility of building a relationship with a sista or brotha who is a single parent. Brothas do not write off a sista as a potential mate when she tells you she has more than one child. Just because she has more than one child does not mean she will not make a good wife. And Remember that when you create a relationship with this sista or brotha you are also committing to being a part of the childrens’ lives. You are automatically becoming a parent through committing to this relationship.

When you are building with this sista or brotha remember you are also building with the child/children. They are not invisible, so do not think that you can ignore them. Do not treat them as if they are not part of the relationship. When you go to visit your mate, bring a gift for their child/children. Let the children know you are becoming a part of the family and that you also want to get to be a part of their lives.

8) Before you consider an abortion my sista, PLEASE speak to an elder in your family or community. If you know you cannot take care of this baby, ask sincere brothas and sistas if they know of people in the community who would like to adopt a child. Or even ask me, because i do know of Afrikans globally who would be willing to adopt. Ask your family members or community activists for help and assistance during this crucial time of pregnancy.

Go to your local black church and ask for their help and assistance even if you are not Christian. It does not matter as long as you get the help you need from Afrikan people exclusively. Go to the food bank if you do not have food or go to your local church and ask them for food donations. Turn to anyone you know in the Afrikan community who can help you in anyway so you will not feel as if you have to abort your baby. Abortion is state-sponsored Afrikan genocide and we must NEVER embrace self-annihilation in our community. There is ALWAYS another alternative to abortion and WE MUST help our sistas find one.

9) If you know or see of a sista in your community who is single and pregnant, ask her if she needs your help. That may be the sista who is on her way to sign papers to have an abortion on that very day. Or she may be considering going down that path. She may be feeling hopeless and alone. Your care and sincerety towards her may save the life of an Afrikan child on that very day. If we cannot do our part to protect Afrikan children, even the ones that are not here then who are we REALLY?

10) If you are a parent, mother or father and your child is under 12 years of age do your best to accumulate as much Afrikan educational resources, books, games, dvds, movies, art, clothing kwk for your child. Teach them about their ancestors, their culture, their values, principles and the Afrikan worldview.

Even if you do not practice Afrikan spirituality, encourage your children to recognize and honor the presence of their honorable ancestors. If you know someone who practices Afrikan spirituality and you don’t ask them to teach aspects of Afrikan spiritual practices to your child/children. Always let your children know that they are loved and appreciated. When you are having a difficult day or moment, take some time to be by yourself so you do not transfer any negative energy or attitudes to your child/children.

European schools are here to train our children how to function as inferiors and inculcate them with a “yurugu god complex”. Their educational system teaches our children to imitate european cultural behaviour and thought processes. So basically european education serves european world dominance, for anyone who enters their institutions. PERIOD.

For Afrikan parents:

If you know that there is an Afrikan centered institution in your community inquire about registering your child at that school. If you cannot afford it right now, take time to save money for the next school semester. Have a garage sale or sell off things that you do not need. Move into a cheaper apartment. Sell cakes or food at local events.

Sit down with close family members, let them know how important this is for your family and ask them if they can help you out financially to achieve this goal. Take a loan from the bank or start a susu with other Afrikans you know you can trust. Go into that savings account and take out that money that you may have been saving for whatever or start saving 40% of what you make monthly.

Get a cheaper cell phone. Do you really need a blackberry when you have internet at home? Sell your ipod. Find different ways to cut down your expenses to the bare minimum. Get a cheaper car or use public transportation for a time, if you can, to lessen the amount of money you spend on putting gas in your car. There is no need to live in excess, because this makes us more economically enslaved to this greedy capitalist economy than we already are.

Afrikan people in the west are completely obsessed with material thangs, and because of this we often say we cannot afford independent education not because we do not have the resources, but because the resources we do have already, we use to pursue “things” that we like and which appease our bruised egos. If Our children are not Our priority, then we are NOT Really Afrikans. Period.

Your childs’ protection, security and education should really come before All things. If you do not have an Afrikan centered school in your area find out if you have any Afrikan centered homeschooling collectives in your area. Enroll your child in the school of your choice that truly represents the values of our honorable ancestors. If no schools exist, speak to people in the black community, particularly educators, about starting an Afrikan centered school.

Or if your child is under the age of 12, start your own homeschooling collective as a home business. If you do not have any help, you can still accept up to 4-5 children and work with them on your own. In this way you can educate your own child, educate other Afrikan children and operate a small home based business that can help you to maintain financial stability. I can be reached at yayakentake@gmail.com to discuss this further.

“Only a fool allows his enemies to educate his children”
Omowale Malcolm X

“When your enemy educates your children, your children become your enemy”
Quote from an Afrikan centered educator

Written by:
Yaya Kentake.

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5 Responses to “Abusua yE dom empowerment plan”

  1. Meda ase for this post. It is certainly needed. I will forward this steps to all I know.

  2. Yenni aseda. Indeed, it is essential that we follow these steps for the survival and protection of Afrikan children, those that are born and those that are in the womb. I really appreciate you passing this on.

  3. I’m so happy and thrilled to our people accepting their ancestral roles of educating our own children in their ancestral fulness. Meda ase for this fantastic site..

    • Si kitu brotha Kweku Bakari! We all have a very important role to play in educating Our children, and it is crucial that we accept our own part. Asante sana for your support, encouragement and friendship. Abibifahodie.


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