The Centre for Indigenous Instrumental Music and Dance Practices of Africa, or CIIMDA for short, aims to promote and advance the learning of the philosophy, theory and human meaning of African instrumental music and dance practices in classroom music education in SADC countries. Such a critical knowledge base will enhance the human integrity and cultural pride of the average African person anywhere in the world. CIIMDA researches, promotes and advances Africa's indigenous cultural heritage in which the musical arts is a most important knowledge area. This project, that offers skill in indigenous musical arts knowledge and practice started in 2004 in partnership with Concert Norway, Rikskonsertene, and is funded by the Norwegian Foreign Office. There are currently six countries involved: Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zambia.
The Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education, PASMAE, started an original African initiative in classroom musical arts education known as Musical Arts Action Research Team, MAT cells. Members of the MAT cell are classroom teachers at any level of education who are trained and motivated to research indigenous musical arts practices in their various school locations. Such local knowledge heritage is the primary resource materials for cultural sensitive arts education in contemporary African schools and colleges. CIIMDA's educational strategy is to train the MAT cell members in the various countries on how to utilize the indigenous philosophies and theories of music, dance and drama practices in their culture for classroom education.