An African-centered Education
Chapter 7. Holding the Treasure to the Light
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It is we who nourish the Soul of the World, and the world we live in will be either better or worse, depending on whether we become better or worse. And that’s where the power of love comes in. Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are. (Coelho & Clarke, 1988/1993, p. 106)
In The Alchemist (Coelho & Clarke, 1988/1993), Santiago has to travel across the desert in a huge caravan to reach Egypt. While in the desert, he decides to stop talking and listen. He learns to hear the language of the desert. It was not the words or conversations with those around him in which he gained his greatest insights, but it was in the stars at night, or the sun during the day, but mostly he learned volumes in the voice of the desert. The desert spoke to him in the silence. Likewise, the voices of these young people are the gems of wisdom that are speaking volumes now. In this chapter, I let their voices reveal the experiences of this educational model.
I must remind you that the collective of families that created the Faizah Shule in the mid-1970s was influenced by the Black Nationalist and Pan-Africanist movements of that time. Joining the CIBI, which operated as a unifying organization for IBIs throughout America, the staff at the Faizah Shule helped to...
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