Culture and Heritage
Being aware of your Identity
“A person without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots” Marcus Garvey
Culture is a strong part of people's lives. It influences their views, their values, their humour, their hopes, their loyalties, and their worries and fears. For an individual to understand their culture it means to understand where they come from and where they are headed.
Our heritage provides clues to our past and how our society has evolved. It helps us examine our history and traditions and enables us to develop an awareness of ourselves. It helps us understand and explain why we are the way we are. Heritage is a keystone of our culture that plays an important role in our politics, society, business and worldview. It informs, influences and inspires public debate and policy both directly and indirectly. Cultural heritage gives people a sense of unity and belonging within a group and allows them to better understand previous generations and the history of where they come from. In helping shape our identity, our heritage becomes part of what we are. Our expression of this identity shows others what we value; it highlights our values and priorities.
On a local level, people may sometimes think of their culture being something that was once worn like an article of clothing--it eventually wears down until it is disposed of; this is shameful if it is purposefully done. Like our gender or our disposition; our we are made into a version of ourselves based on extrinsic and intrinsic matter that ultimately etches us into a statue.
We believe that discussing identity issues in terms of cultural perspectives can help individuals understand themselves and support them in gaining full control of their life. Your culture is a lens through which you see the world. It is like a guidebook inside you that helps you understand and know what to do. It helps you make choices about what to eat when to sleep, and whom to talk to and how to say it. This internal guide helps you understand what to pay attention to and what to ignore. It helps you decide what is right and what is wrong. The way we will propagate, explore, and engage with the cultural and heritage aspect of the African, is through the following ways:
Workshops and Seminars – we will look into discussing the meaning, connotation, and essence of the term and label “African Women” in the Modern Era. Other contents that will be explored include: “understanding the African Culture – Tanzania”, “Tradition and modernity”, and many more. In this context, we tend to liaise with university scholars, students, and other experts to provide attendees with a full overview of the topics approached.
Informative sessions – those sessions will have the aim of promoting the roots of African background and culture, supporting the engagement of the African society, learning about individual’s differences in order to fight pre-judgement and racism.
Campaigns and Initiatives – this advocacy and activist program has for objective to induce a sense of pride and belonging to all African women and girls. This will be done through celebrating the culture and its values/morality, aspects, and customs.
For more information on this program feel free to contact us to speak to one of our advisers.