Africa meets Africa is an independent NGO which explores and documents the African cultural heritage, seeking out solutions to contemporary learning problems in schools by looking to the sophisticated visual language of traditional arts styles. Visual language woven by skilled hands reveals embodied knowledge and sophisticated mathematical ideas. It also changes and merges with contemporary visual culture. The project seeks to stimulate critical thinking around the fluidity of ethnicity and its flow between urban and rural contexts.
An inter disciplinary research process has led AmA to remarkably pragmatic learning solutions – such as presenting mathematical ideas by doing beadwork in the classroom, before looking to the sophisticated symmetries of inherited woven baskets and beaded adornments familiar to rural learners. The Africa meets Africa Project’s series of richly illustrated educator’s resource books, films and classroom learning materials is introduced to teachers through training programmes presented in partnership with provincial and district education departments and universities.
The beaded jacket (ihantshi) from the Standard Bank Art Collection (Wits Art Galleries)