West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) July 13, 2009
Florida's only African-centered public school today announced that its co-founder and current Board Chairman, Amefika D. Geuka will walk approximately 1,000 miles from the school in West Palm Beach, FL to Washington, DC to dramatize the urgent need for African-Centered Education for children of African descent.
The 69 year-old Geuka and his colleagues have dubbed this venture a "Trek for African-Centered Education," to be conducted from July 15th through August 12, 2009. In addition to gaining credibility for African-centered education, the walk is expected to raise money to close the funding gap for Geuka's Joseph Littles-NGUZO SABA Charter School which completed ten years of continuous operation on January 20th of this year.
According to Geuka, "This 1,000 mile 'trek' from West Palm Beach, Florida to the nation's capital has a three-fold purpose:
1. To challenge consciously responsible Black adults to demonstrate willingness to revive their sense of responsibility to restore our children's inalienable right to a childhood;
2. To raise the level of awareness among the caring public to the critical need for, and elevate the credibility of African-centered education as the most effective means of restoring "an adequate, realistic self-image" to Black children who have too long been under mental and emotional siege;
3. To raise an unprecedented amount of money via sponsorships and pledges, to elevate Joseph Littles-NGUZO SABA Charter School to the long-sought after status of self-sufficiency, self-reliance, and fiscal independence and autonomy."
Both President Barack Obama and his Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan have spoken strongly in favor of public charter schools, which are designed to explore creative and innovative approaches to educating students who do not fare well in traditional public schools.
Geuka says, "This is not a protest. This walk is intended to highlight for the nation and world to see, that there are indeed African-descended adults willing and determined to accept responsibility for guiding Black children along the path to responsible and successful maturation."
The African-centered approach to providing a strong cultural foundation for children of African descent is being adopted across the country by school districts, public schools, private schools, and charter schools. The supporters of African-Centered Education draw parallels between the 'ACE' approach and the generally accepted contention by Jews and Catholics that their respective students learn best when their formal education is rooted in study and appreciation of their own heritage, history, and culture.
There will be a kickoff ceremony, and the walk will begin at 9:00 AM on July 15th, starting at the Joseph Littles-NGUZO SABA Charter School, 5829 Corporate Way, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.
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