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About the Project

Right now, there is a need to center the history and experiences of Africans and Africans in the Diaspora in American education. This project helps educators gather information and share the rich history of Ghana and Africa to build Pan-African curricula.

Webster University Pan-African Expressions of Knowledge Creation, Socioeconomic Conditions, and Politics in Twenty-First-Century Ghana

Project Director: Emmanuel Balogun, Ph.D., assistant professor of international relations; Webster University, H. Sam Priest Center 203, 470 East Lockwood Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119; Tel: (314) 246-7872; E-mail: ebalogun39@webster.edu

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Project Type: Short-Term Curriculum Development Project

Project Overview: The project will build on Webster University’s strong global studies programming to increase and center knowledge of Pan-Africanism and the history, politics, culture, and society of Ghana in the pedagogy of participating American educators. The goal of the project is to transform K-12 and undergraduate teaching about Africa through the collection, creation, and dissemination of teaching resources and curriculum units about Pan-Africanism and Ghana.

This three-phase project runs from September, 2019 through March of 2021 and includes 16 hours of pre-departure orientation, six weeks of travel abroad in Ghana, and post-trip follow-up and dissemination activities. The project will culminate in a workshop for educators on teaching about Pan-Africanism and Ghana and the creation of the St. Louis African Studies Consortium.

Participating educators will:

  • develop cultural competencies and understanding of the history, politics, society, and culture of Ghana;
  • collect educational resource materials including artifacts, books, documents, photographs, recordings, and more; and
  • create new curriculum units, lesson plans, and/or courses that center Pan-Africanism and/or Ghanaian history, politics, society, and culture in the K–12 and undergraduate curriculum in the greater St. Louis area.

Additionally, Webster University will ensure that participants disseminate information about or materials from the group project abroad through at least one outreach activity within six months of returning to the U.S., and develop and launch the St. Louis African Studies Consortium of K-16 educators.

At least 50% of program participants will be K–12 teachers (with an emphasis in educators of literature, language arts, history, civics/politics, social studies, or music) or K-12 administrators. One participant will be a K-12 administrator whose responsibilities include oversight of area studies, global education, and/or social studies.

Participants: Project director and ten participants, including at least five K-12 classroom teachers from the greater St. Louis area; one K-12 administrator whose responsibilities include oversight of area studies, global education, and/or social studies; and four faculty members who teach African or African-American studies at an institution of higher education in St. Louis. Among K-12 educators, preference will be given to high school teachers of literature and language arts, history, civics/politics, social studies, or music.

Apply by Feb. 29 to participate

 

Travel to Ghana: Summer 2020

Professor Balogun will lead a select team of educators as they visit Ghana for six weeks. We have compiled a brief outline of activities and expectations below. A full itinerary and activity descriptions will be supplied directly to each participant after the final team selections have been made.

Travel Itinerary: May 21-July 3, 2020

Week 1: Pan-Africanism and Culture in Accra
Featured Destinations:
Aya Centre for Intercultural Awareness and Development

Week 2: Traditional Expressions of Pan-Africanism: Lessons from the Ashanti Region


Week 3 & 4: Confronting the Past: History of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people/pan-Africanism and contemporary governance in Ghana and West Africa

Week 5: Pan-African Solidarity in Practice: Community Engagement in the Volta Region

Week 6: Critical and Innovative Approaches to teaching Pan-Africanism

 

Travel Costs & Requirements

  • • Travel from the St. Louis airport, lodging and food is covered for the duration of the trip
  • • The expected required costs is approximately $800. These expenses are responsibility of each participant:
    • – immunizations (approx. $400 depending on the participant's insurance coverage)
    • – passport (approx. $200)
    • – visa (approx. $180)
  • • An additional cost for short-term travel insurance is advised but not required

Participant Expectations

The selected team of educators who participate should expect to have ample learning opportunities and to be involved in the St. Louis African Studies Consortium. Project participants will also complete a number of activities before and after their travel to Africa.

Learning opportunities for educators

Leading the team, Professor Balogun will help participating educators with the following:

  • • Travel preparation for the trip's logistical requirements
  • • Philosophical, cultural, and pedagogical challenges
  • • Teaching tools and curriculum development
  • • Pan-African cultural competencies and understandings

What is expected from participants

As part of the Fulbright-Hays GPA Grant funding, the team will keep the following required commitments:

  • • Attend all four pre-departure orientation sessions. These are Saturday meetings from 9am – 1pm in April and May 2020. view events »
  • • Travel to Ghana in the 6-week summer program
  • • Participate in the Fall 2020 Participants Pilot Curriculum Units and project assessment activities such as surveys, observations, and discussions
  • • Present at Teaching Pan-Africanism and Ghana: a Workshop for Educators (Sept. 2020)
  • • Participate in dissemination activities (conferences, workshops, panel discussions, meetings) as appropriate/available
  • • Teach the curriculum units they designed during the trip in their home institutions and administer pre/post assessment tools to evaluate student learning outcomes

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Contact

Emmanuel Balogun, Assistant Professor
History, Politics & International Relations
314-246-7872 | ebalogun39@webster.edu | emmanuelbalogun.org