Susuana Olatunji Komolafe an educator leading the introduction of African Studies into educational system in Ireland since 2010 when she initiated the Africa History Month Ireland.
This short course has been developed in accordancewith the NCCA template and guideline. This short course has been developed by Susuana Olatunji Komolafe the Executive Educational Director of Africa History Educational Center for Africa Studies, under the platform of Afro in Diaspora Center with the support of Revd. Dr. Livingstone Thompson
Susuana is recommending the introduction of African Studies to the Junior Circle education curriculum and most especially the transitional year students. As an educator within the community and the Principal Director of Africa History Educational Center for African Studies in Ireland, I strongly believe that this addition to the curriculum will have a significant positive impact on the students' education and will contribute to the development of a more informed and tolerant society.
The importance of Africa in the global community cannot be overstated. Africa is the second-largest continent in the world and is home to over 1.3 billion people, representing a diverse array of cultures, languages, religions, and traditions. Furthermore, Africa is a significant contributor to the global economy and is a crucial player in global affairs.
Despite this, Africa is often overlooked in many educational curricula, including those in our schools. This omission creates a gap in students' knowledge and perpetuates stereotypes and misconceptions about the continent and its people.
Introducing African Studies to the Junior Circle education curriculum and most especially the transitional year students will help to bridge this gap and provide students with a more comprehensive understanding of the world around them. This subject will expose them to the rich history, culture, and diversity of Africa and will help to dispel stereotypes and promote tolerance and understanding.
African Studies will also contribute to the development of critical thinking and research skills in students. It will encourage them to question assumptions and seek out information from a variety of sources, promoting intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning.
Finally, introducing African Studies to the Junior Circle education curriculum and most especially the transitional year students will help to prepare our students for the global community they will enter upon graduation. As they go on to higher education and eventually enter the workforce, they will encounter individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from Africa. The knowledge and understanding gained through this subject will be invaluable in building relationships, tackling racism and working collaboratively with individuals from different cultural backgrounds.
In conclusion Susuana believes, and she strongly recommend the introduction of African Studies to the Junior Circle education curriculum and most especially the transitional year students. This addition will promote a more comprehensive and informed education for our students and contribute to the development of a more tolerant and globally aware society.
The study of African history and culture is important for several reasons, and the introduction of African Studies as a module in the University and History department can have a significant positive impact on students, academics, and society as a whole.
- Cultural diversity: Africa is home to a rich and diverse range of cultures, languages, religions, and traditions. The study of African Studies can provide students with an understanding and appreciation of this diversity and help them to develop an inclusive worldview.
- Historical significance: Africa has played a significant role in world history, and the study of African Studies can help to shed light on this history. This includes topics such as pre-colonial African civilizations, the transatlantic slave trade, colonialism and imperialism, and struggles for independence and liberation.
- Contemporary relevance: Africa is a significant player in the global community, and the study of African Studies can help students to understand current political, economic, and social issues affecting the continent. This includes topics such as development, conflict, governance, and human rights.
- Intersectionality: The study of African Studies can help to promote an understanding of the intersectionality of race, gender, class, and other factors that shape African experiences. This can help students to better understand the complexities of social issues and to develop a more nuanced and informed approach to problem-solving.
- Career opportunities: The study of African Studies can lead to a variety of career opportunities, including in academia, government, international organizations, non-profits, and the private sector. This is particularly relevant in today's globalized world, where cross-cultural communication and understanding are increasingly important.
Overall Susuana believes, the introduction of African Studies as a module in the University and History department can have a significant positive impact on students, academics, and society as a whole. It can promote cultural diversity, shed light on historical significance, help students to understand contemporary relevance, promote an understanding of intersectionality, and lead to a variety of career opportunities.
Preparatory Introduction to African Studies by exploring Africa History; All of the information is selected to be of relevance interest to the Africa Community. The information itself is designed to inspire, challenge and to provoke serious thought.