Instructors & Bios
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Developing the greatness in Afrikan Children
by cultivating wisdom and the spirit of victory through playing, learning
and imagining rooted in the richness of Afrikan traditions and values.
The greatness our ancestors achieved in the arts and sciences inspires
us to help Afrikan children reach their limitless potential. We believe
a part of this great legacy is the birth right of each of our participants
and in a culturally affirming environment that builds self-esteem and
a healthy self-image, they will add to the legacy of Afrikan greatness
to the their descendants and the World. Our civilizations walked the
edge of human genius and imagination, never ceases to be fresh, innovative
and vibrant and we can never truly lose our way- the example of our
ancestors is our guide. This is the spirit of VICTORY that inspires
the Academy of Heru Auset.
The Afrikan-Centered Approach
Four components of our holistic curriculum
General learning outcomes for program participants
The Academy of Heru Auset is an Afrikan-centred holistic program comprised of four major components or streams. These
are: 1. Academic Stream -Focuses on the intellectual development of participants, primarily, participant's knowledge acquisition about Afrikans'
and their past. Participants will learn an uncolonized version of history,
which depicts Afrikans as actors instead of subjects of historical and social processes. A special emphasis will also be made to turn participants
on to math and sciences. Life skills such as time, financial management are an important part of the curriculum designed to develop healthy
and productive habits in participants at a young.
What participants will learn - Topics will examine
Afrikan civilizations and cultures starting with the classical cultures
of Ethiopia, Kemit (Egypt) and Nubia; introduction to Afrikan languages;
the geography of where Afrikans are in the world and how they got there
and, Afrikan inventors and their inventions - ancient. Both age grades
will participate in saving and investing activities and learn about
the consumption and production of assets and liabilities. The older
grade will explore the conditions of Afrikans globally and the historical,
and economic and political forces that effect their lives as well as
how mastering the natural sciences can improve the conditions of Afrikans
wherever they are.
Art and Expression - Focuses on cultivating an appreciation
of the beauty of Afrikan forms and expressions in art, performance and
creative presentation, while developing participant's creative and artistic
skills. An Afrikan-centred standard of beauty will be used and participants
will be encouraged to reflect on the intrinsic beauty of the natural
physical state of Afrikans and the unique qualities that distinguish
them from other peoples. Instructors will use and explain the significance
of distinctive Afrikan symbols and motifs as well as preferred hues,
textures, styles and shapes in their classes.
What participants will learn
- Topics will examine the notion that "Black is beautiful"
by employing various artistic media, including painting, drawing, jewellery
making, etc. as well as how to interpret Afrikan themes in drama, dance,
music, creative writing, elocution, etc.
Character Development ~ Values & Ethics - Focuses on instilling Afrikan
values, represented by the Nguzo Saba in participants. These values
are, These values will be reinforced by the program's philosophy of
"it takes a village to raise a child" and the operationalization
of our extended family approach to interactions with participants. The
goal is to develop outstanding Afrikan citizens of our community and
the world dedicated to improving the welfare of Afrikans and to defending
their interests. Personal character development will be addressed within
the traditional Afrikan system of rites of passage and initiation based
on the successes and accomplishments in ones current stage in life.
What participants will learn
- The format of programming activities will emphasize teamwork and cooperation.
The qualities of trust, honesty and mutual respect will be taught as
foundation to developing and maintain good interpersonal relationships.
Participants will learn that their personal success does not have to
be at the expense of their community and that collective action is superior
to individual action though the latter is necessary and important. Participants
will be constantly challenged to be productive and innovative in ways
to advance the interest of the Afrikan community. There will be lessons
of good personal etiquette and manners within an Afrikan-centred social
Health and Fitness
- Focuses on good diet and nutrition, personal hygiene as well as staying
healthy through exercise and sports. The dietary approach will be from
the perspective that we "eat to live and not live to eat" and
that a well-balanced organic diet will be presented as the preferred
dietary model that promotes good health. Structured games and activities
from the Afrikan cultural experience will be introduced as ways of developing
mental (coordination, reflexes etc.) and physical fitness.
What participants will learn - How "to eat to live"
by consuming food that is good for the body and junk food that can result
in health problems. The building blocks of food and combining food groups
will be taught in a fun way with practical exercises such as juicing
delicious and nutritious beverages and preparing basic meals. A special
practicum in farming organic produce is planned to be offered in the
summer semester in. Physical education will be oriented towards establishing
the basis of life long fitness routines and regiments that incorporate
cardiovascular exercise, stretching and endurance. Participants will
be exposed to systems of physical discipline as a means of conditioning
the mind and spirit.
Who we are and how we work
Staff and volunteer positions
Superviser & Intstructor profiles Instructors
The program curriculum identifies the learning objectives and the class
content necessary to achieve them. Instructors with the skills required
to deliver the content are recruited and paid a per diem honorarium
to teach the content to participants.
Ken Campbell -Art
A self-taught artist, Kenneth Campbell was born in Kingston Jamaica the fourth of seven children. He began drawing at
an early age. His professional career as an artist began a decade ago
when he sold his first oil paintings, sketches and prints which have
been displayed in various community centers and public institution in
Ottawa Canada. His love and passion fir Afrkan cultures and esthetic
is evident in his work. Mixing brilliant colors with Afrikans motifs
and themes helped him to create his own unique style. He works fluently
in various mediums: Oil, acrylics, charcoal, and pencil. Ken believes
that art is the outer expression of the unseen world imagination. His
goal is to always express through his art the best of human potential.
Ken presently resides in Ottawa, Canada. He is currently the President
of JakuKonbit an African centered and family oriented organization.
The Academy of Heru Auset boasts a high instructor to participant ratio
to ensure that your child receives a high degree of personal attention.
This personalized attention is even higher through the work of volunteer
program assistants, who work with the Program Supervisors and Instructors
to engage participants in activities, help explain or demonstrate what
is being taught and supervise participants while on site.