Dr. Andrew Allen
Faculty of Education

The Africentric Curriculum
The Inclusive Curriculum with an Afrocentric Focus

The Africentric curriculum is a curriculum centred on the continent of Africa and on Africans or all peoples of African descent and the African Diaspora. It promotes African knowledge, worldviews, perspectives or African ways of knowing and understanding our world into the mainstream curriculum of our schools. Africentrism is a response to Eurocentrism as it acknowledges, questions and challenges traditional forms of knowledge and curriculum. The Africentric curriculum is a part of a broader inclusive or multi-centric approach to education with particular benefits for students of African descent in our Canadian classrooms. In that way, the Africentric curriculum centres or locates students within the context of their own cultural and social frames of reference so that they become more connected to and grounded in the learning process. In addition, a “Centric” or pluralistic approach to teaching and learning, respects and celebrates a variety of cultures and perspectives without valuing one culture over another and it aims to centre all students in their own cultural frame of reference. All students, including African-Canadian students, learn about each other and the contributions of all cultures to world development as a way to knowledge about self and the world. (see Dei, 1996; Asante, 1991). African heritage activities serve as a context for learning and provide students with a fuller understanding of the histories and cultural heritage of African peoples. Students actively engaged in a learning process which is attentive to their multiple intelligences and to mutual respect, social responsibility, community belonging and academic excellence. Parent involvement is critical also to students’ success.


Suggested Resources:
Rethinking Mathematics
Web Resources
Race, Retrenchment, and the Reform of School Mathematics

pp. 31-40 page

By William F. Tate