FAQS

Frequently asked questions

General overview

A deep study of African history and politics is foundational in unpacking world history and current events. From the transatlantic slave trade and how it powered the industrial revolution to how the African diaspora continues to inform and influence pop culture, Africa is all around us. Africa is the new frontier of global politics, trade, and economics. With some of the fastest growing economies and markets, a wealth of mineral resources, the African continent is a key importer and exporter of technologies, knowledge, and material goods. Further, Africa, the second-largest continent in the world, its young population, vast geographies, multiplicity of traditions, cultures, and religions make its unparalleled diversity an intellectually stimulating experience. Finally, Africa is a dynamic place and Africanness remains an ever-evolving idea and identity. Probing these concepts is a journey of learning how they were shaped by migrations, colonization, wars, varying systems of power, and ideas about race and blackness. Consequently, the study of Africa cannot be ignored and engagement has to take place outside the ivory tower.

The definition of Pan Africanism is contentious and has initiated engaging discourse. With many definitions being abstract, our definition is inspired by pan African thinkers such as Kwame Ture and Kwame Nkrumah, who believed that “Pan-Africanism is the total liberation and unification of Africa under Scientific Socialism.” We believe that this outlook gives a measurable objective.

Our guiding principle is the idea that espouses the goal of seeing the complete social, economic, and political independence of a United States of Africa. The concept of is also born out of a philosophical axiom called “Ubuntu” meaning “I am, because you are,” in which the concept of self and personhood is achieved through an individual’s relationship to the creator, his ancestors, and other humans.

We believe that Pan Africanism is the only ideology that is true to African liberation because it has answers to complex questions. It explores people’s relationships with land, with other nations, and ourselves while theorizing on the future of global politics. It is founded on solid and concrete pillars of thought that are useful when we talk about the future.

In addition, with the African Union’s agenda 2063, there is a move to create a formal and institutional vision of pan Africanism. The African Union’s Pan African Vision consists of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.” Below are the aspirations as stated in the agenda.

  • A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development
  • An integrated continent, politically united based on the ideals of Pan Africanism and the vision of Africa’s Renaissance
  • An Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law
  • A peaceful and secure Africa
  • An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics
  • An Africa, whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children
  • Africa as a strong, united, resilient and influential global player and partner

There is a need for a school that seeks to reshape the imbalance of global power. This school prepares students to take ownership of solutions that will change the world. Our students to become agents of social change and drive the change in their fields. The school also creates bridges to working on Africa and on the African continent while shifting economic, social and education policy. Finally, this type of education and decolonized curriculum radically facilitates personal transformation and fuels self and group esteem.

Our organisation, an African and Pan African school seeks to build curriculum, programmes and an education service that structures Africa as the base and focus of study. It is a body in which students can engage with curricula where they can see themselves and are not dislocated from Africa’s past, legacies, and future. Our school is a leading centre of education and research for the advancement of African and African people.

  • Executive and Professional Programmes
  • Graduate Development Programmes
  • Masters Programmes
  • Research Commissions
  • White papers and Policy Reports

Core values

  • Freedom
  • Professionalism
  • Equality
  • Integrity
  • Justice
  • Critical Thinking

Principles

  • Oneness – upholding the principles of justice, freedom and fairness for all people as part of the human family
  • Continental Unity – upholding the unshakable truth that African people everywhere have a shared history and heritage that stems from the African continent.
  • Equality and Justice – Standing up for the right to opportunities based on merit and fair recourse when those rights are not upheld
  • Civic Engagement – Fostering authentic relationships with policy makers and the public for the benefit of society
  • Integrity & Professionalism – Working to maintain trust that we will do what we say to a high standard
  • Diversity of Thought – Enriching our proposals with input from a variety of experts and community perspectives
  • Critical Thinking & Intellectualism – Valuing the exploration and diversity of views and intellectual ideas, upheld by empirical analysis.

Course related

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2023 courses

  • Anthropology of Africa
  • African politics

There are no formal entry requirements to enrol in the courses. However, they are taught at a graduate/postgraduate level. Due to the learning standards, we would advise entrants to have already attained a degree before being accepted. Other elements of your application such as a supporting statement and references may be required.

Some courses welcome applicants with relevant professional and vocational qualifications, or mature students who do not have formal qualifications but have relevant experience in industry. You will be considered if you are coming from a relevant profession and with sufficient work experience. Consideration of what’s relevant is at the discretion of the course lead.

Tech requirements:

In order to complete the courses, you’ll need a current email account, access to a computer and the internet, as well as a PDF Reader. You may need to view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and read and create documents in Microsoft Word or Excel. Installing Adobe Flash Player will give you full access to certain course content, such as interactive videos and infographics. However, you’ll still have access to this content in the form of a downloadable PDF transcript if you’d prefer not to use Flash.

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NB: To access course brochure, go to course of interest, scroll down to course brochure, and complete and submit a form to enable access.

To find available scholarships go to course of interest, scroll down to program details, and read the information under fees and funding. However, organizations such as the black heart foundation and lendwise can help students pay for their fees if they fit the financial need requirements.

In addition, we offer opportunities to pay fees in instalments and please look out for discounts.

 

  • Go to the course of interest
  • Click enrol and proceed to registration
  • You should fill in personal details and billing information

All student IDs, contracts and documents will be sent to them over email 3 weeks before the course.

Research related

Our research arm is established to create and disseminate knowledge that contributes to Africa’s regional, national,and continental transformation. Its aim is to develop recommenda- tions for the social, economic, and political development of Africa. This agenda is to be used as a framework for sustainable change – and to identify starting points for the development of our research programmes.Ultimately, our scholarship and insights aim to inspire political and civic actors to better engage with issues concerning Africa.

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Our previous research projects include;

  • Macroeconomic picture of black Britain
  • Solutions for ending intergenerational “educational poverty”
  • Centering black scholarship
  • Minority oppression from the welfare state
  • A scientific argument for ancestral memory
  • A future of pan Africanism
  • Brexit and the black community

 

Other questions

Some of the opportunities include;

  • Opportunities to set up local and community coalitions with development partners or communities in Africa.
  • To use their education to inform other stakeholders and or facilitate engagement with Africa’s cultural social and political affairs 
  • To produce high quality research and scholarship to shape new paradigms on development issues in Africa.
  • To gain recognition for the excellence in their chosen field.

 

To be announced in 2023

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