The main objective of our programs is to show youth and all people of African descent their own personal potential by introducing them to their history and to the achievements of Africans through the Ages.
The goals of our programs are:
- To introduce the reality of African intellectual achievement and cultural contributions to the world through art and science and in so doing debunk the myths and stereotypes about Africa developed hundreds of years ago and still perpetuated today.
- To create a personal connection of the program participants to the vast wealth of knowledge and culture of their African heritage and thereby instill in them a sense of their own capacity to achieve
- To enjoy a full immersion learning experience
MLL has a unique 4 prong approach to teaching all its programs.
Connecting To Africa
We endeavor to connect the student to that awareness that Africans have had a long history, perhaps the longest of any other people on earth.
Critical Thinking Skills
We teach critical thinking skills. Our students learn how to learn, discern and build their own knowledge. It is essential for all people, and especially people of African descent, to be able to decipher the world in which they live and to continue to find ways to not just survive but to thrive spiritually, mentally and materially.
As much as possible, we use primary sources of information such as clips from African television stations, excerpts from diaries and personal accounts, artifacts, music, photographs etc. Inquiry into primary sources encourages students to connect to the past through the lives and views of people from the past. They then move from concrete observations and facts to questioning and making inferences about the materials. When primary sources are not available we teach students how to ask the right questions to determine the authenticity, relevance, voracity and purpose of a particular source of information regarding Africa or anything else.
Games and Challenges
Maroon Life Learning has created it’s own exclusive exciting digital games! Everybody likes to have fun and we are no exception. Games and challenges are an integral part of our program. In fact, These games get everyone moving, having fun and especially Learning. Games help our program participants connect personally to the material and to the other program participants.
Our History Classes – The African History Heritage & Me Series
These are NOT your regular old dry “dates and places” history classes!! African History, Heritage & Me is a growing series of holistic, African-centered experiences that include music, games, fun projects, challenges, geology, mythology, astronomy, geography and more!! All children taking an AfriClass begin as an Afronaut who travels through time to discover, meet interesting character and explore the ideas and stories of the past. The AfriClasses provide a fun and engaging way to help the children as they construct a preliminary understanding of who our ancestors were and therefore the unlimited potential of who we, as Afrikans, can be. To do this we examine primary sources across many disciplines and use research from historians and researchers including Dr. John Clarke, Dr. Runoko Rashidi, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, Dr. Charles Finch, Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop and more. We explore questions like “Who are Afrikans?” “Where are Afrikans?” “What Legacy Did our Ancestors Leave to the World?” “Did Our Ancestors Discover Time?” “Who Were the Ancient Timekeepers?” ” What Secret Messages Did Our Ancestors Leave us in their Stories and in the Sands?” These are live in person classes that that consist of 10 weekly 1.5 hour sessions. Classes must be taken in order to derive the most benefit. Best for Ages 8 to 14.
Our Science Classes
Our Science AfriClassesTM explore ancient African ideas and philosophies that are the basis of the science that we know today. The origin stories from ancient Kemet, the Dogon and the Orishas we find an incredible depth and wealth of metaphysical and scientific knowledge from which to draw. We examine the ancient stories and use the anthropomorphic characters to understand the universe/multiverse. As with our history classes, all children taking an AfriClass begin as an Afronaut who explores and learn through stories, hands-on experiments, fun projects, mysterious characters and quests. The AfriClasses provide a fun and engaging way to help the children as they construct a preliminary understanding of the universe.
We are not a religious organization. We are open to all truths and are open minded in our pedagogy.