The Black History Month is an international observance that started in the United States of America with the aim of promoting self-actualization in African American communities and share with the world the rich cultural background and achievements of black people.
At the United States International University-Africa, Black History Month offers an opportunity for students, members of faculty, staff and community partners to gather and discuss challenges affecting black communities on the continent and in the diaspora. This celebration is observed every year during the month of February.
The United States International University-Africa will observe the Black History Month from the 8 to 28 February 2017. With a reconciling approach on education and development in Africa, the theme for the year is stated as “African Education: The Walk to Development”.
The wide statement is supported by sub-themes attached to various activities planned for the celebration. We will have the Opening Ceremony, a Pan-African Symposium and a Closing ceremony as main events supported by extraneous entertainment and community events such as the Jazz evening, our Family Fun day with community partners and a coffee chat with two of our distinguished members of faculty; Assistant Professors of Management Dashanaba Ella King and Scott Bellows.
The Opening Ceremony | 8 February 2017 | 11 am to 1 pm at the Auditorium
The keynote speech during this Opening Ceremony will discuss on “The Evolution of Higher Education in Kenya”. The speaker will emphasize on factors that support the quality and advancement of higher education in Kenya in comparison to other African countries.
Focal Question: What is the formula used in Kenya to support advancement in higher education in comparison to other African countries?
The Pan-African Symposium | 14 February 2017 | 11 am to 1 pm at the Auditorium
The Symposium will discuss the current situation of education in Africa as a legacy of colonial systems. Four experts will present 20 minutes exposés on education in African regions respectively colonized by the British, French, Belgium, and Portuguese et al. (German and Italian). The exposés will present the current situation linked to the colonial educational systems, point out the challenges then suggest possible solutions.
Focal Questions: How do the various colonial systems of education reflect in the current ones? What are the challenges and how can they be solved?
The Closing Ceremony | 28 February 2017 | 3:30 pm to 5:20 pm at the Auditorium
As the final event discussing a thematic subject, the keynote speech at the Closing Ceremony will address the key role of education in African development.
Focal Question: At a time when African nations are fighting for development, what role education should play in building the continent?
Education in Somalia | 9 February 2017 | 2:00 to 3:20 pm at the Freida Brown Student Centre
The Black History Month committee will host this event based on the story of education in Somalia as told in “Diamond in The Rough” a documentary produced and directed by a graduate of master’s program at Colombia School of Journalism, Mr. Abdi Latif Dahir.
After the screening of the documentary, a short presentation of education as a tool to promote peace in Somalia will be presented by Mr. Ayub Mohammed a teacher at Eastleigh High School a nominee for the U.S. Global Teacher Prize.
Coffee Chat with Professors King and Bellows | 16 February 2017 | 5:20 pm to 7 pm Behind the cafeteria
The Coffee Chat is an event by the BHM Committee that aims to create a less formal setting where students can interact with selected members of management, staff and faculty on personal and professional matters.
This year, Assistant Professor Ella Dashanaba King and Professor Scott Below will meet students in this less formal setting where they will share their experiences on a personal and professional level.
Family Fun Day | 18 February 2017 | 10: 00 am to 4 pm
The Family fun day is our community event celebrated with our community and school partners. Invited schools join the Committee in celebrating the month with games, food and an essay contest. Hundreds of primary school students get to live the Black History Experience during this event that also falls under one of the golden values of USIU Africa, “Giving Back to the Community”.