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Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

TVET (technical and vocational education and training) refers to all forms and levels of education and training which provide knowledge and skills related to occupations in various sectors of economic and social life through formal, non-formal and informal learning methods in both school-based and work-based learning contexts. To achieve its aims and purposes, TVET focuses on the learning and mastery of specialized techniques and the scientific principles underlying those techniques, as well as general knowledge, skills and values.

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Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa Map

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Socialization: Culture influences socialization by shaping children's social interactions, roles, and norms within a culture. Children learn social norms and values through their family, community, and cultural practices. For instance, some cultures may emphasize collectivism, while another may value individualism

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Reusable Learning Asset


What is a Reusable Learning Asset (RLA)?

The DEMRI defines learning assets as “any entity, digital or non-digital, which can be used, reused or referenced during technology-supported learning.” When you consider that by ‘non-digital’ we mean “people, organizations and events”, you can see that this is a very broad definition.

However, a more general definition may be appropriate for DEMRI learners: “A learning asset can be a small, reusable component that can be selectively applied – alone or in combination – also by computer software, learning facilitators or learners themselves, to meet individual needs for learning or MCD performance support.”

At the DEMRI, we believe RLA’s are ones that work with anyone, anything, anywhere, anytime. Their current usage allow us to build useful reusable assets like bots, templates, wizards, automated code testers and maintainers, etc. that improve our daily lives individually and collectively. We call these RLA’s or Reusable Learning Assets. RLA’s are sometimes less defined, less compatible with the rest of the world, but work very well for a specific situations.

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD
What is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, series of events or set of circumstances. An individual may experience this as emotionally or physically harmful or life-threatening and may affect mental, physical, social, and/or spiritual well-being. Examples include natural disasters, serious accidents, terrorist acts, war/combat, chattel slavery and it's germane psycholgical oppression, rape/sexual assault, historical trauma, intimate partner violence and bullying.

PTSD has been known by many names in the past, such as “shell shock” during the years of World War I and “combat fatigue” after World War II, but PTSD does not just happen to combat veterans. PTSD can occur in all people, of any ethnicity, nationality or culture, and at any age. PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults every year. The lifetime prevalence of PTSD in adolescents ages 13 -18 is 8%. An estimate one in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD. Three ethnic groups – U.S. Latinos, African Americans, and Native Americans/Alaska Natives – are disproportionately affected and have higher rates of PTSD than non-Latino whites.

People with PTSD have intense, disturbing thoughts, experience circular thought, thinking and feelings related to their experience that last long after the traumatic event has ended. They may relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares; they may feel sadness, fear or anger; and they may feel detached or estranged from other people. People with PTSD may avoid situations or people that remind them of the traumatic event, and they may have strong negative reactions to something as ordinary as a loud noise or an accidental touch.


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Organized Common Sense

Organized Common Sense is the processing & objective analysis of all available, germane facts to form a judgment. The subject is complex, and there are several different definitions which generally include the rational, skeptical, unbiased analysis or evaluation of factual evidence.

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Oppression is malicious or unjust treatment or exercise of power, often under the guise of governmental authority or cultural opprobrium. Oppression may be overt or covert, depending on how it is practiced.

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Mind Map

What is Mind Mapping?

Mind maps provide a structured way to discover, capture and organize ideas and information. They help cultural communicators to understand concepts by breaking them down into their component parts.

The technique is used to develop new ideas, or to break down and better understand existing cultural information and avoid circular thought. Whether developing new ideas, adopting new behavior patterns or organizing existing information, mind maps help you isolate & see how all information fits together within Maximum Cultural Development (MCD) frameworks. Mind maps provide an expansive and flexible structure to support our thinking and avoid circular thought.

Key Characteristics of Mind Maps: Single Central Topic

Unlike other visual diagrams and frameworks, an MCD Mind Map is built around the single central topic relative to maximum cultural development. All the information on our MCD map is “anchored” to the same start point, MCD. By placing this main idea at the center, it’s easier for the diaspora to understand the core focus of the MCD Mind map.

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Synonyms - MCDMM
Message to the People

Message to the People, The Course of African Philosophy, by: Marcus Garvey

In 1937, Marcus Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and one of the most controversial figures in the history of race relations, assembled his most trusted organizers to impart his life's lessons. For one month he instructed this elite student body — at its peak the largest international mass movement of African peoples — on topics ranging from universal knowledge and how to attain it to leadership, character, God, and the social system. 

book cover, message to the people

A crucial guide to the understanding of Garvey's philosophy and teachings, Message to the People features profound insights into the nascent days of the Civil Rights movement. This volume will prove an enlightening companion to students of African American and twentieth-century history.

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Maximum Cultural Development

Maximum Cultural Development (MCD) is a series of sets and subsets which in aggregate form a coherent cultural system. A proactive system of thought, values, ethics, social principles, imperatives, language, speech and action. When fully understood and implemented they support and sustain the development, establishment, maintenance and refinement of critical thought, effective communication, problem-solving and ethical reasoning.

It is a system with strict emphasis on healthy principles of human development and self-defense that promote environments acutely attuned to the historical, sociological, cultural and the economic contexts of knowledge theory and action.  Maximum Cultural Development is not an anti-white mindset, or ethnocentrism. However, it's origin lies within the Black Community and is the pro-Black, self-loving result of years of exposure to white supremacy and it's many forms of oppression.

What are some of the intrinsic systems involved in Maximum cultural development?

In the context of Maximum Cultural Development (MCD), we use a broader understanding to identify some intrinsic systems that play a role in cultural development:

  1. Belief Systems: Belief systems, including religious, philosophical, and ideological beliefs, are intrinsic to maximum cultural development. They shape individuals' values, behaviors, and worldview, and influence the collective identity and social norms within Black culture.
  2. Language and Communication: Language is a fundamental aspect of culture and plays a crucial role in communication, knowledge transmission, and cultural expression. The development and evolution of language systems are intrinsic to maximum cultural development.
  3. Social Systems: Social systems, such as family structures, kinship systems, social hierarchies, and community organizations, are intrinsic to maximum cultural development. They shape social interactions, roles, and norms within our culture.
  4. Artistic and Creative Expression: Art, music, literature, dance, and other forms of creative expression are intrinsic to maximum cultural development. They reflect and shape our cultural values, aesthetics, and identity.
  5. Education and Knowledge Systems: Education systems, including formal and informal learning processes, are intrinsic to cultural development. They transmit knowledge, skills, and cultural values from one generation to another, but care must be exercised within the American education system since it is commonly engineered to negate the self-esteem of black youth through special-education programs.
  6. Economic Systems: Economic systems, such as modes of production, trade, and resource allocation, are intrinsic to maximum cultural development. They influence the material aspects of culture, including livelihoods, economic activities, and consumption patterns.
  7. Political Systems: Political systems, including governance structures, laws, and decision-making processes, are intrinsic to maximum cultural development. They shape power dynamics, social order, and collective decision-making within our culture.

It is important to note that these intrinsic systems are interconnected and mutually influence each other. They contribute to the overall development and evolution of our culture.

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Synonyms - MCD,Black culture,african american culture,black cultural attributes