A SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN, INC. (ASC) is an American non-profit organization birthed out of Constructs & Concepts Int'l (CCI), A Meta-cognitive Coaching, and Professional Learning/Design Firm.
It was founded in 2004 by Jewel Jones Faison, Ph.D., as a private Christian school in Albany, Georgia USA for children ages 6-18. The school was fully accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and was committed to serving students who were gifted and talented; especially those who were gifted with special needs.
Dr. Faison's 40 years of progressive educational experience - from the classroom to the Board room (as a rural school superintendent) - left her with a longing to design a system of educating ALL children to face a global uncertain future as innovative critical thinkers, regardless of their economic background and ethnic heritage. After a near-death experience on April 13, 2012, from a massive brain aneurysm, ASC closed and all day-to-day activities (which included the after-school and out-of-school global activities of ASC) ceased as Dr. Faison healed and awaited the leading of the Lord to reveal the next steps for the organization.
During Dr. Faison's first visit to Ghana in 2009, she had a transformative experience during Dr. Cynthia Dillard's Sankofa Retreat Excursion. The 'genius' of the African children was striking and reminded Dr. Faison of the gleam and joy in the eager eyes of her students during her early teaching years in Atlanta Public Schools. Although Dr. Faison had been an administrator since 1990, over the years she observed the gleam in school children's eyes become dim. She embraced her graduate research that suggested that "Difference Makes A Difference" - when children's identity and cultures are honored by those teaching them. Thus, culturally responsive and sustaining teaching became the theoretical foundation on which Dr. Faison founded A School for Children. Further, her connection to Africa fostered the development of her own identiy and a commitment to share the Ghana experience with other African American educators.
Shortly after her return from Ghana (2009), Dr. Faison became the kindred sister and business partner to Saeed Amissah, a native Ghanaian businessman. In 2022 during the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Lord spoke to Dr. Faison's heart after she connected with the dream of Amissah's wife, Paramount Queen Nana Efua Essiwaa II, of Breman Essiam Traditional Central Region. Queen Essiwaa II had already started to build a privately owned cultural arts center in Ghana. However, when the COVID-19 pandemic took precendent in the village, the work on the art center ceased due to a lack of funds. This center will preserve the authentic culture of the region for generations to come and Dr. Faison's dream to give westerners a place to pilgrammage and experience African culture can be realized.
Thus, the mission of this project of ASC is to provide support and exposure for the completion and on-going development of the Breman Essiam Village Cultural Art Center and to bring American educators to the village (and other Ghana sites) for authentic identity and intellectual development, criticality and black joy experiences needed in order to be culturally responsive educators (Muhammad, 2020). This goal supports the early goal of ASC to be a demonstration clinic (professional learning site for CCI 's Educator's Academy) that develops lessons in culturally sustaining pedagogy for educators whose domicile is beyond the shores of Africa , especially those whose ancestors endured and survived 'chattel' slavery.
The Paramount Queen Nana Efua Essiwaa II welcomed Dr. Jewel Faison (2022) and the assistance of A School for Children, Inc. organization. During future visits to Central Region, guests will be welcomed and engaged in authentic African cultural experiences as participant- observers in the Breman Essiam village.
COME AND EXPERIENCE GHANA first-hand with Dr. Jewel Faison on
THE UBUNTU STUDY RETREAT & TOUR