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01. Overview

The Ikoku Virtual Portal for the Arts, Languages, and its Study (PORTALS) has been proposed as part of the Trusts Areas of Focus and Philanthropy dedicated to Education and Research and to Humanistic Inquiry and Expression. All Trusts Areas have been established to fulfill a core mission of The Ikoku Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations to increase the public awareness, public knowledge, and public interest concerning Africa and its global diasporas, including communities in the Americas, Asia, Australasia/Oceania, and Europe. PORTALS shall be essential to that mission in the following ways:

Advancing Artistic & Humanistic Expression

The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations understand that the fulfillment of its originating charitable purposes require programs that help increase and widen the circles, communities and countries practicing, studying, and benefiting from the fundamentals of and future advances in artistic and humanistic expression. Such facilitation by PORTALS of advances in number, breadth and quality of artistic and humanistic expression should be among students, researchers, and the wider public, and should, furthermore, concern peoples, societies, regions, and subjects that are regularly and comparatively under-represented and under-resourced, in order to meet a perennial need for more equitable support in the arts and humanities.

Advancing Artistic & Humanistic Inquiry

The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations understand that the fulfillment of its originating charitable purposes require programs that help increase and widen the circles, communities and countries practicing, studying, and benefiting from the fundamentals of and future advances in artistic and humanistic inquiry. Such facilitation by PORTALS of advances in number, breadth and quality of artistic and humanistic inquiry should be among students, researchers, and the wider public, and should, furthermore, concern peoples, societies, regions, and subjects that are regularly and comparatively under-studied and under-resourced, in order to meet a perennial need for more equitable support in the arts and humanities.

Focus on Languages & Innovation

PORTALS shall therefore also have as an accompanying but no less essential objective the fostering of innovation in methods of education, research, and practice in artistic and humanistic expression and inquiry. Such methodological innovation shall be of value to students, researchers, and the wider public. It shall develop as one of its core emphases a focus on languages, its acquisition, change, learning, study, translation, and preservation. And it shall facilitate our objective to meet the aforementioned need for more equitable artistic, cultural and humanistic knowledge, practice, study, support, understanding, and usage.

Focus on Inequities in Expression & Inquiry

In these ways, The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations intend for PORTALS to reduce perennial inequities in the varied communities we serve, to especially improve mutual communication, study, understanding, and relations among peoples and societies in Africa and those across the world, and to ultimately enhance individual, community, civic and public life for all.

02. Resources

Financial and equivalent resources for the conception, development, and operation of PORTALS shall be provided by The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations. Educational, research, and innovation resources shall be developed and provided via our process described below.

03. Process

Content, sources, and design for education, research and innovation objectives of PORTALS shall be approved by the Boards of The Ikoku Foundations, after which each feature and module of PORTALS shall be made available via our distribution and education systems. The Boards shall also conduct periodic reviews and evaluations of PORTALS features and modules, ensuring to incorporate insights from feedback we receive. The result shall be a process with the three main features delineated below:

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Design & Approval

Content, sources, and curricula features and modules designed and approved by the Boards of The Ikoku Foundations.

02.

Distribution & Engagement

Each PORTALS feature and module made available to users via a distribution and engagement system especially designed to foster education, research, and innovation, all operated by The Ikoku Foundations.

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Review & Revision

Periodic review, evaluation, incorporation of feedback, and effective revision of each of the PORTALS features, modules, and systems, where needed.