We are better together.
Our ancestors set an astounding precedent for our children to follow. This is often diminished in mainstream textbooks and historical accounts. At RBG academy, these achievements are highlighted in a memorable way for our children to not only learn that African people existed historically, but that their footprint extended around the globe long before European colonization.
RBG Academy is a safe and uninhibited space where we can explore our heritage without the trepidation that is sometime experienced in other environments. We make this a family affair. Parents attend sessions with their children and we do not separate children based on age. We are a community and we learn and contribute together.
Photo credit R. Rashidi
The popular belief is that a strong educational foundation must have roots in solid classical Eurocentric instruction. While this method has served the descendants of European cultures well, the notion has left a gaping hole with questions unanswered for the children of the African Diaspora. As it is, when we push our children into Euro-focused education, they receive a perspective that paints life using a very broad stroke. This creates a very tainted and blurred portrait of history with an arid portrayal of Africa and other civilizations. Sadly, from this angle our ancestors are merely introduced at best, or presented as an enslaved people or wild savages in need of civilizing at the worst. With achievements in math, science, astronomy, art, architecture, literature, military strategy and many other areas predating ancient Rome or Greece, we point our children to a true image of royalty, a highly developed culture and distinguished people (just ask Herodotus). This is the African heritage our children will come to know together unapologetically.