Educational Products and Services: Curriculum, Materials, Tutoring and Mentorship, Presentations, and Research.
We offer classes, tutoring and mentoring on topics related to Africa, it’s people, culture, and traditions. Interested parties wanting to: 1) Know classes available, times, and dates, 2) How to contact specialists for research, analysis, and presentations, 3) How to arrange tutoring and mentoring, and 4) Contract for the Digital Liberal Arts with African Companion, or the African Ancestry Profile can contact us via POA Services on the AustinAfrica.com website or by emailing directly with queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our group provides educational services for pupils in all grades from elementary to high school and in virtually all academic subjects. Among the education services provided are tutoring, guiding mentorship programs (and in certain cases, provide direct mentoring), specialized educational materials, advising parents on how the Texas public school system is organized and functions so as to better think out how to best use academic, extra-curricular, and professionally oriented resources to provide for a well rounded education, and as a student approaches college help both students and parents to make the best choices of university, faculty of study , and financial aid programs. For college, Princes of Africa advises in the economics of university education, first so that students find a fulfilling occupation that provides both income and satisfaction and both parents and student do not face unpayable student debt that can be a burden for decades.
While assisting all students, we have as a special mission the educational difficulties faced by African American boys. The ‘Principal’ has two African American boys the eldest one born in Africa and the youngest has been raised from his earliest days by his African mother and grandmother, indigenes of the Igbo tribe whose homelands are the Niger River Delta in Nigeria. After returning to the US these problems became apparent as he entered the US public school system. Princes of Africa aspires to provide unique and appropriate materials and pedagogy to not only help success but also to provide a strong identity as descendants of Mother Africa. The ‘Principal” worked ten years in Nigeria over a period of 25 years in both managerial and scientific/technical capacities.
Our networking with Austin Africa and other organizations expects to be a part of the ‘village square’ to Africans living in the US and their friends and admirers. It believes in giving due recognition to those African leaders whose lives have been or were an example to others, by virtue of honest work and decent lives. Many of these individuals have provided an example not just in Austin and Texas, to their brothers and sisters with whom they immigrated to the US. They helped not only this most recent diaspora but helped others make it in the motherland. We are confident that this ‘village square” can contribute to facilitating a deeper connection among Africans, African Americans, and their ancestral home.
Perhaps, most importantly, our group looks to the new generation to build stronger educational foundations as they access the US education system, leveraging the diversity of African principles and values by researching the deep and varied cultures of Africa. They are the new pioneers who must build their ‘Infrastructure of Opportunity’ in a ‘Degrowth Economy,’ where traditional ways of preparing for work do not function as they once did. In this situation, POA wants to not only provide learning materials with character development as goal, as it is in African culture, but also help thread the needle to ensure their education counts in a time where a large proportion of high school and college graduates struggle to find work.
Research and Managerial Depth
Our chief consultant worked for several international development agencies as economist, technical specialist, and project manager including, inter alia, the World Bank, United States Agency for International Development, and various non-profit NGOs. In this capacity, he managed several training programs and is a qualified trainer. He also worked as a researcher for an Ivy League university in two departments focusing on various aspects of international studies. His career spanned 30 years, more than 10 of which were based in Africa. For his work, he was recognized many times and was awarded the highest accolade given to foreigners contributing to civil society by the President of Albania. He was the first to receive this award, followed afterwards by the EU and American Ambassadors.
He is a qualified teacher at all levels of education; rating in the top 10% of those testing to qualification in the following: 1) Elementary School K-6, All Subjects, 2) Middle School 4-8, All Subjects, and 3) High School Social Studies 7-12. His wife is African and his first son was born in Africa. He graduated Magna cum Laude in Liberal Arts at UT Austin and was a PhD student-completing all but dissertation, in agricultural economics, Cornell University. He left the program to work with the World Bank in Nigeria.
He is a leader having managed several IBRD and USAID projects. He was also a mountaineer, leading the first Albanian team to Everest Base camp as sponsored by the Albanian Ministry of Sports and Culture. Two of his students became the first Albanians to climb Mt. Everest.
We seeks to educate-‘bring out’ the complete person.
General Scope of Work: Research and Education
Our group, supported by volunteers and various African contributors, conducts research for AustinAfrica and its individual departments as well as individual clients. Besides this ongoing research and analysis, it also undertakes customized studies for individuals and organizations needing one of its research specialties. In certain cases, it uses its experience to advise and support African development (in Africa) activities on a basis taking into account the organizations economic status. For some NGOs, our group and its parent LLC Trade Marked Gold Medal Consultancy provide services on a pro bono basis.
We provide educational consulting and tutoring of students following either public or private schools or home schooling; adjusting learning so as to add African content from the history, legend, and literature of Africa at all levels. The teacher is world traveled and is well experienced in the many aspects of life and knows the importance of mentoring students. Education is not only about grades, but also, the student developing a personal vision and life goals.
Besides helping students navigate the difficult middle years; our program helps establish for the student a well thought out plan for university education which should include exposure to the liberal arts as well as learning a career or profession. The ‘liberal arts’, which has been the basis for ‘elite’ education for centuries, is now hard to afford in institutionalized educational settings. Deleting it from the curriculum has been part of the triage to achieve the specialization that has been thought to secure a career. However, we have constructed various methods of integrating this course of study into professional tutoring as well as learning materials for a Princes of Africa curriculum.
To balance this Western based canon, we have shaped an African based curriculum to integrate into both tutoring and materials. This material, the African Companion, is made available in conjunction with a customized Digital Liberal Arts developed based on the goals of both parents and students.
The specific details of our products and services are provided based on three types of its activities: education, special projects, and preparation of aspiring students wanting to become Texas through an inexpensive alternative approaches. A short summary of the following three pages is given below.
- Education and Research. he first category of products and services are educationally related. This is based on both knowledge of Africa through its literature and history as well as experiential knowledge from 10 years as a change agent in Africa, working with government at all levels, African businesses, tribal leaders, universities, and as being simple member and participant in a traditional society and its activities. We provide support to curriculum development based on this experience. It has developed is own African oriented educational materials based on years of bringing change in healthy and respectful ways. It can develop custom materials if required based on discussion of children’s needs or aspects of subjects that parents want incorporated into their child’s learning. It also gives presentations or manage workshops on various African related topics, from economics, economic development, modern African history and society and many other topics. It conducts customized research. If desired, it arranges for tutoring children in school subjects strengthening their understanding of the basics while also providing them African related material that can be integrated into their work and which for some can make the subject more accessible and interesting. In special situations, it can arrange for mentoring children directly so as to develop character, this is done by use of a combination of classical literature and activities that open new vistas of courage and insight to them.
- Community Development. The second category of POA activities directly supports the development of African communities and organizations that represent them. A specialist in voluntary organizations, POA can help groups organize themselves in a useful and powerful way. There are many ways associations can help build a community. It can coordinate the efforts of their community such that it becomes a unified force for economic, presentational, as well as educational needs.Importantly, it also seeks to creates a greater sense of community by providing systematic recognition of individuals that have been an example to the various communities to which they contributed. Part of this is done by creative and thoughtful announcements via appropriate venues for families and other groups that are going through life or organizational transitions. Also by collaborating with its consultancy partner Gold Medal Consultancy ™ assists NGOs and Churches with humanitarian projects Austin and Africa by facilitating long term philanthropy, conceptualizing and implementing development programs to their efforts, activities that will provide income and sustainability long after the humanitarian project and staff have left. Finally we assist communities coordinate themselves so that they can better serve their constituents and access assistance more effectively by becoming a formal ‘recognized’ organizations. Some of our support to organizations is pro bono or on a sliding scale depending on economic status.
- Teacher Accreditation through Alternative Certification. For Africans seeking to become a professional teacher, we can orient interested individuals to Teachers Alternative Certification programs. Our educational specialist qualified at all three levels of education; elementary, middle school, and high school through a battery of TExES tests in seven months. Taking TExES tests requires an accepted Bachelor’s degree and passing a TExES exam in a desired or marketable subject. Success in this endeavor requires the appropriate study materials; Study Guides, Forums, Flash Cards, Practice Tests. Not all companies providing these materials are equally good and some hardly help at all. Additionally, a test taker needs to understand what the exam expects of you. There is seemingly much ambiguity that can throw the test taker off when in fact, there are approaches that can help you answer as the test expects when often there are minimal differences among the offered answers. POA passed all three in the 90% percentile and in the most difficult test was at 98%.