Educating our African Youth – The Other Half of the Story

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There’s so much talk about education, or the lack thereof that our kids are receiving from our public schools. I have written much on this topic and while I feel that there is definite need for change in that space, another area is being neglected as well.

Parents seem to have forgotten that part of their job is to educate their children on the issues that aren’t covered in school and that are also of particular relevance to people of African descent. Our heritage is one that is strong in the oral tradition that teaches not only our history but important life lessons. Therefore I think is  time we become more conscious of this fact to avoid repeating history . So here’s my list of things that every Black child should be taught by their parents:

  1. Respect and reverence for their elders

  2. How to save and invest money

  3. Manners and etiquette (this includes conflict resolution)

  4. Entrepreneurship

  5. Black Pride/Ancestry (sorely lacking here, I’ll save further thoughts on this topic for another post)

  6. Knowledge of Our African History

  7. How to be responsible and keep your word

  8. To strive for excellence in everything

  9. Spirituality (not necessarily religion)

  10. Respect of your body (health, sex, etc.)

  11. To give to others that are less fortunate

Yes, I know this just adds on to everything else you have to do as a parent, but feeding, clothing and shuttling off to school is just the beginning.

Thoughts from you parents?


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Anthony-Claret Ifeanyi Onwutalobi

Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
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