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.
- Creative Research and Analysis
Our group arranges creative research and structure for papers and theses relating to Africa in the fields of economics and economic development, ethnography, history, and political science. It will undertake any research it believes enriches local knowledge of Africa and furthers communication between African oriented communities and organizations. It provides this research for organizations and students.
We help student prepare for college entrance based on giving candidates an edge, based on knowledge of African culture, economics, and society. The coach/researcher worked for 10 years in Africa in leading organizations and has a strong suit in economic development, ethnographic research, and the liberal arts. We do not write papers for students, but guides them through the research process such that not only is the paper above standard and provides original insight, but in the process facilitates students learning how to research and analyze a topic given the wealth of African materials available.
We also provide a tutorial on how to research African topics using the internet.
- Presentations on Africa and Africans in the US
Our group makes, or organizes with other parties, presentations or workshops on numerous subjects ranging from aspects of African economic development to ethnography, history,
political science, and sociology of African regions.
While its strengths are: a)economic and environmental development issues and consequences arising out of political transitions, and b) all aspects of West African society and culture; it is willing to research specific subjects for presentations for small or large groups. For educational purposes, it gives a general introduction to Africa as assisted by African collaborators to put forth the positive bedrock of African culture and history for all levels of students K-12.
These are fitting subjects given the sometime negative perception of Africa in the media and elsewhere. For history majors and aficionados, we can provide Western precedents for the types of political transitions that happen in Africa today, a historical comparison not brought out by present day commentators and scholars. For example, in Roman history, the military took over the Roman government which had been based on a senatorial model, a limited democracy but a democracy just the same. This is a common occurrence, and our researcher has been through two military coup d’etat in Africa as well as two evacuations in Eastern Europe. There is no substitute for experience.There is no substitute for having been part of history. Imagine a history teacher that has been there when the great things have happened and, in some cases, having been an actor in those towering events that change a nation or a people. Follow the Linked In icon on the AustinAfrica website footer and see whether is a teacher or mentor there.
For presentations, no audiences are too small or too big.
- Tutoring/Mentorship of Students at K-12 and University Levels
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 ‘highly qualified’ in 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 treacherous middle years, it helps to establish a well thought out plan for university education which should include exposure to the liberal arts as well as learning a career. The former is often hard to afford presently in formal educational settings. However, we have evolved differing methods of integrating this course of study which varies according to depth and type of interest in these studies. Additionally, there is need for an African Companion to the Liberal Arts, a body of literature and history that bring out from Africa, as in a mirror, those qualities sought in a liberal arts education.
We believe that a purely academic approach to mentorship is only part of what is required to strengthen student’s abilities, aptitude, and moral ambition. A mentor seeks to elicit the right kind of courage and stimulate insights that provide for greater learning. These are strengths developed in contexts out of the school and study room. They also depend on who the student admires and those character traits that make the hero or heroine admirable. Children need real heroes to look up to, real ones; not those concocted by ideologies, and from limited knowledge and scholarship. Africa has its myriad of heroes and heroines that are such because of their abilities to face the difficulties in life.
There is a limited availability for mentorship/tutorial openings.
- Digital Liberal Arts with African Companion
Special Preparation for Leadership: the Digital Liberal Arts with African Companion: For High School and University.
Our group works on concepts similar to those found in the Nearly Free University and the Emerging Economy by Charles Evans Smith. Early in its planning Austin Africa discovered vast amounts of material on Africa that were virtually free in their digital form when a generation earlier they were not only expensive but largely unavailable even from libraries. Our group developed its own ideas and curriculum independently of Smith’s ideas as they focus largely on its African projects. His ideas address the problems of modern education from an economic and societal point of view which details and explains the failures of the universities due to cost and in many cases irrelevance. Smith’s book which can be had from Amazon (free if you have the unlimited Kindle), forces the parents of students and job seekers to face hard realities some of which follow:
- Cost of tuition going up 1,100 % in the past 30 years, this despite 25% of courses are online
- Majority of recent college graduates being jobless or in jobs not needing a diploma
- 53% of graduates under 25 are unemployed or underemployed
- $ 1 Trillion in Student Loans much of which will not be paid back
- Only 37% of College Freshmen graduate after 4 years and 57% after 6 years
- Google’s research on university data indicated that G.P.A s are ‘worthless as a criteria for hiring and test scores are worthless…’ interview in June 2013 New York Times
Our approach to its involvement with higher education focuses on two activities which it believes it can do well
First it has developed a DigitalLiberalArts concept along with African content called the African Companion. This project is predicated on the value of the liberal arts or known in an alternative form as the Great Books. AustinAfrica has interest in it not only from its experience of the liberal arts in it undergraduate education, but also because it has been the educational basis of ‘elite’ scholarship. Most importantly, it contains the great classics of Western Civilization without which it is hard to understand how the’ West’ evolved, where its ideas came from and in which books these ideas were expressed. However, as the liberal arts was first published as such in sets of volumes such as the Harvard Classics, which were not balanced, not having material from the greatness of African history, literature, and proverbs. We have developed an African component coming from various digitized African classics which it has entitled the African Companion. The usefulness of this approach is that in digital tool, one can carry these great volumes around in your jacket pocket. Depending on various versions of each text, the cost as an eBook can be free or modest in some cases. The major resource for this new tool is our familiarity with the books and their eBook form and the time required to load them into the digital device preferred. Due to an unfortunate medical accident, I was forced, more or less, to stay in my chair for almost two years. It was a blessing disguise as after forty years returned to the liberal arts through the power of my kindle. I also discovered the great amount of African materials on the internet. It is this knowledge of what is available in eBooks and the varying prices of different versions that allowed me to construct a DigitalLiberalArts with African Companion for a modest cost. The range of cost of an individual liberal arts project depends on which versions of classics that the customer prefers. Many classics in the public domain are free but more recent and better translations often add much to the cost. I called Amazon about the possibility of a joint effort but they were seemingly not interested.
The second issue somewhat related to the first one; is trying to get a grasp on how students can best get educated without carrying decades of student loans and some sadly not having a real life. Many assumptions about higher education are largely the result of the entire PR effort supporting the Universities as they are now. Smith’s The Nearly Free University and the Emerging Economy address these issues in the abstract or rather in a more generalized way. Knowing what to do in a particular situation is another matter altogether. In the future, we plan to work directly with parents and students to solve their individual situation. There are so many bad assumptions out there connected to university, it is hard to talk about them from a general point of view. However, should any one is interested in the problems presented here, buy Mr. Smith’s book and read for yourself. It could very well save you tens of thousands of dollars as well as avoid a life gone awry because of student debt.
- African Ancestry Profile for African-Americans
The African Ancestry Profile provides a breakdown of your African ancestry based on DNA analysis, as it identifies the regional location (Africa) of your ancestors. Based on this location, we construct a likely ethnographic and ecological profile of background, including probable historical linguistics, history of tribal presence, and an anthropological profile of ancestral culture, religion, and society. References that might provide further dept are recommended or if desired put on digital form.
Those wanting this analysis seek to know and understand, once and for all, the world they come from. This analysis is possible based on a DNA analysis from reputable services such as the African DNA Test by Ancestry.com or the African DNA Kit by 23nadme.com/AfricanDNATesting which indicate the location in Africa from which your ancestors originate. Princes of Africa’s contribution to the profile comes from its knowledge of or research on that region from where your ancestors lived out their lives and the ecology to which their group or tribe adapted. Besides, providing this profile, the group also includes the latest scientific theories of man’s original migration out of Africa, the Out of Africa Hypothesis, updated after decades of archaeological research.
This also provides probable movement/migration patterns of one’s ancestors from a point of origin, leading to the development of people of a particular region. Additionally, based on DNA analysis it is possible to indicate which language group an individual’s ancestors come from and then take advantage of the free language courses provided the organizations mentioned in Austin Africa.
With this product, we reconstruct the world of one’s ancestors; its environment and tribal characteristics and culture based on the recent discoveries of archaeologists and detailed work of anthropologists as well as relevant history and literature.
We note and respects tremendously the work the Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and PBS have done in the genealogy and ancestry of African-Americans. However, the group does not do US genealogical work because its focus is on Africa, and believes it can provide a greater service to the community by assisting on what it knows best.