Umkhonto we Sizwe! (Spear of the Nation)
Independent Afrikan centered parenting and education

To BE an Afrikan Teacher

“Afrikan teaching precepts must be embedded in and must serve an Afrikan community. Traditionally, Afrikan communities have been identified by a shared belief in several key elements. It is these elements that are the foundation for Afrikan teachers:

1. The belief that the cosmos is alive.

2. The belief that spirituality is at the center of our being.

3. The belief that human society is a living spiritual part of the cosmos, not alien to it.

4. The belief that our people have a divine purpose and destiny.

5. The belief that each child is a Living Sun, a divine gift of the Creator.

6. The belief that, properly socialized, our children will experience stages of transformation, moving toward perfection; that is, becoming more like the Creator (AmenRa or Ra, in the language of KMT). They will try to live like the Creator.

7. Since the deep guiding principle of living like God is to follow MAAT (Truth, Justice, Righteousness, Order, Reciprocity, Harmony, Balance), then Afrikan teachers focus the curriculum on the Real and the True, on what was, what is, and on what can be, in keeping with divine principles.

8. Afrikan teachers place a premium on bringing their students into a knowledge of themselves and a knowledge of their communities. Afrikan people place great value on who each person is, on who the community is and the honored place that each member of the family occupies with the community.

9. Afrikan teachers respect mastery, and seek through apprenticeship to learn from true masters, masters who are valued agents of the Afrikan community, who are steeped in the deep thought and behavior of the community and who exhibit an abiding unshakable primary loyalty to the community and who are in constant communication with the wise elders of the community.

10. Afrikan teachers recognize the genius and the divinity of each of our children, speaking to and teaching to each child’s intellect, humanity, and spirit. We do not question a child’s possession of these things. In touching the intellect, humanity and spirit, Afrikan teachers recognize the centrality of relationships between teachers and students, among students, and with the African community as a whole.

11. For the Afrikan teacher, teaching is a calling, a constant journey towards mastery, a scientific activity, a matter of community membership, an aspect of a learning community, a process of becoming a library, a matter of care and custody for our culture and traditions, a matter of a critical viewing of the wider world, and a response to the imperative of MAAT.

12. The Afrikan teacher is a parent, friend, guide, coach, healer, counselor, model, storyteller, entertainer, artist, architect, builder, minister, and advocate to and for students.”

Asa G. Hilliard
“To Be An Afrikan Teacher”


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