This Scholarship will be established under the operational name “Institute of African School of Economics (IASE) with the mission to build a deeper understanding of contemporary African Economic Studies through research and teaching.
It has become necessary than ever in the history of Africa, a continent known that is the second largest on the globe with 54 countries, the most populous bar Asia and the wealthiest.
This continent has led the world with the first civilization, the first universities and the first research facilities. She must lead it again. There is not a better time especially since no other civilization seems capable of stabilizing the socioeconomic and geopolitical global terrain, like African civilization did, in order to ensure peace and prosperity in the whole world.
Otherwise, what could have been the secret of our independent rise to civilization in Africa? We would have found out if the Royal Library of Alexandria hadn’t been burned down by warring savages. Every renowned scholar knows that the heartbeat of every civilization is the library it keeps. Our ancestors’ library at Alexandria was part of the research institute called the “Museum of Alexandria” where many of our ancestors professored and lectured the many thinkers of the ancient world.
The tragic event of the burning down of one of the most revered Temples of African civilization is a cultural, scientific and philosophical loss. We are not here to reason with those who continue to burn down true knowledge. Perhaps we are here to find another way.
Influential philosophers assert that a people lose their identity when they lack the knowledge to their roots. I concur with them but to further elaborate and put it more succinctly, having knowledge backed with an understanding of our roots defines our identity and directs our paths from the present to a certain future.
The Institution of this scholarship is to bring back the old “Museum of Alexandria” into the modern African scholastic movement in order to produce generational thinkers of 21st Century. This could provide the foundations upon which to move Africa and the world forward. It could also correct the present African predicament in misunderstanding herself.
3. ANTICIPATED STRUCTURE TO ADMINISTRATE THE INSTITUTE
- Is should be noted that the successful operations of this Institute will be totally independent from those who give birth to the idea. It will focus “all hands on deck” to produce a pragmatic administrational structure focused on result for generational success and benefit.
- This Centre will invite and welcome all renowned African scholars and researchers with a track record of outstanding scholarship that is grounded in African philosophical thought and with at least 6-10 peer reviewed papers published in a recognized African Journal.
- The Centre will be managed by a 5-7 Scholar committee who will adjudicate the duties of the centre by collecting research papers, reviewing them and approving them. In addition they will embark on stocking the library of this Institute in the next 2-5 years that will be replete with the scholarship for the Institute of Africa School of Economics studies.
4. FUND RAISING & MANAGEMENT FOUNDATION
The expert committee will be charged with the business of assisting identifying financial stakeholders who will invest and sponsor the Centre for Research studies across the 54 African Countries.
5. DURATION OF PHASE ONE LIBRARY FORMATION
The first phase is a 5 year publication collection period for the library. The focus of the college will be to prepare new college African students to be competent enough to negotiate the interest of Africa strongly on the global platform without compromise.
- EXAMPLE PROGRAMMES FOR MARKETING AND STUDIES
- African Module of Monetary Economics
- African Module of Labour Economics
- African Module of Economics & Law
- African Module of Trade Economics & Negotiation
- African Module of Politico-Economic Management
- African Module of Agronomics
6. CONCLUSION REMARKS
- This Centre will not be reactionary. Rather the project will heighten the true economic literacy of the African continent to define and justify African economic views on the global platform. It is the fate of this project to fully welcome Financial Investment and Sponsorship. This indicates our “will” and our “commitment” to our people in re-establishing our identity and our legacy.
- Funds will be managed and transparently accounted for and the methodology to recoup investment when there is the need will all be publicly discussed in the maiden conference. Mails could be sent to Grandmother Africa Network (firstname.lastname@example.org) as an official centre to be assigned the role of fund collection and administration as the project seek to fully start on the 1st April 2016 DC as the historic year to bring ourselves in connection to a historical quote of Dr. Nkrumah, that “No one could write the history of Africa better than her own people”.
- It is the sincere interest of the project to partner with the economic committee of African Union (AU) and any Afrocentric University with archival records of Afrocentric studies and advancement.
- The following dates below are proposed for a debate to come to a final agreement on the perfect date accepted by majority who seek to participate in the conference.
9th-11th May 2016, 6-8th May 2016, 11-13th July 2016
- The following are the names of the countries listed for the Conference, which is also open to the public for the maiden conference.
Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, Benin
NB: Any sponsorship support will publicly be declared in accordance to the desire of the sponsor.
P.L.O.Lumumba (Kabarak University)
Akosua M. Mbeka
Dade Afre Akufu
Leonard Wanchekon ( African School of Economics)
Chairman of AU
President of Rwanda
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