NCAC trains staff in ethnography and anthropology
The seminar was divided into three parts, which covers 15 hours of the weekly session from June 24 to 26, field supervision from June 30 to July 14 which is 45 hours, for at least 10 to 15 days in Situ while that the submission of the Ethnographic report deadline is September 30 with 30 hours of online tutoring.
The ongoing seminar was coordinated by Nicolas Naranjo, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, La Laguna University, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, and Anna Palasinska, Sociologist and International Development Consultant, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
Reacting to this decision, Hassoum Ceesay, Managing Director of the NCAC, revealed that the in-house training focused on how to teach anthropological practice in an innovative, reflective and cross-cultural way in a contemporary world.
“The way of transmitting and integrating the necessary dispositions in theoretical, technical and personal terms for ethnographic practice goes beyond traditional pedagogy.”
DG Ceesay explained that the training allows them to work with the two professors to strengthen their staff in capacity building in both areas “because NCAC’s job is to presume ethnography and anthropology.
“That’s because in ethnography we record cultures and we also expose cultures, so he’s the very active cardinal of the NCAC. In anthropology, we deal with festivals, the recording of ceremonies, and similar cultural practices.
The seminar, he added, was developed through the workshop where it would lay out the key concepts of anthropology, the steps to follow in designing and carrying out ethnographies, based on participants’ observations and interviews. with selected topics and places, and how to do ethnographic writing.
However, the methodology of the seminar is an education based on research on an open and experimental teaching-learning process, where the collaboration of the participants is ethnographically oriented.
DG Ceesay recalled that the professors will supervise the fieldwork carried out by the students in selected subjects and fields in The Gambia in June and July 2022 and that the collaboration of the professionals and the participants will also allow a better understanding of anthropological practices through a intergroup, inter-linguistic and intercultural exchanges.
“So this anthropological practice is that students will learn to obtain first-hand information, to interact with the social reality to be analyzed, and will learn to observe, record, systematize and research. All of this is in tandem with the national development plan.
Professor Nicolas Naranjo and Anna Palasinska elaborated on the objectives of the seminar, which aims to learn key anthropological concepts to promote the study of the culture of The Gambia as well as to apply anthropological tools to collect, codify and synthesize cultural information. in group tasks, among others.