In July 2018, in Dzodze, Ghana, with the help of members of the Nunya Music Academy Board of Directors, a mission statement for our school was made:
Connecting students to their heritage and to the world through traditional and innovative performing arts education.
This statement drives the instruction and decision making in all aspects of the academy. Our Curriculum has three strands:
Creative Arts Education: Music, Dance, Drama, and Fine Arts
Maths, Information and Computer Technology Education
Indigenous Knowledge and Language Education.
Creative Arts Education— Music, Dance, Fine Arts, and Theatre
We teach both practical and basic theory of African music including drumming, xylophone and composition; dance and choreography; songs, choral/vocal music; children games, chants and related activities. We also implemented and run Western Music Education and Performance focus classes. We teach basic Western music theory, history and performance through the Orff-Afrique pedagogy. We have established and run vibrant African traditional, neo-traditional and Western music and dance ensembles including brass band, strings, choir, guitar ensemble and keyboard/piano classes.
We have successfully established performing ensembles including Nunya Habobo (dance-drumming ensemble), Nunya Brass Band (western style winds band with African touch), Nunya Devifefeha (children’s game club), and Nunya Hadziha (traditional choral/vocal ensemble). These ensembles are now staging public performances in Ghana and Togo. The band performs both Western and African musical styles at local and national functions such as festivals, weddings, funerals, birthday celebrations, and picnics.
Maths, Information and Computer Technology (ICT) Education
We already have a few used computers and are ready to start basic information and computer technology (ICT) classes as soon as we have a permanent building with electricity supply. Through the first Nunya Art and Maths Festival in 2017 we have started to lay a foundation of academic study in other areas for our school. We hope that through these curricular processes Nunya students would not only understand, enjoy, appreciate and confidently teach and talk about their own art forms, but also be able to speak and understand the 'global language’ of Maths and Sciences. Through this study it is our hope that they would be able to package, market, and disseminate their own learning styles in environments in Ghana and beyond.
Indigenous Knowledge and Language (Ewe and English) Education.
At Nunya Academy, we believe that the indigenous knowledge of a people and a culture is embedded in their language. When a people lose their language, their identity, indigenous knowledge, cultural values and sense of society is lost as well. In light of that, language and indigenous knowledge education—Ewe language and literary arts, proverbs, poetry and stories—is a vital and integral component of our curriculum. We also teach them English, a language already embedded in our culture from our colonial past and a vital tool in today's world to reach out to the largest international audience and collaborators—the ‘world musical language’ which we need to be able to package and market our indigenous musical forms, theories, practices and principles in our own terms.