Mission and Vision
Sankofa Freedom Academy is a college preparatory K-12 freedom schoolthat will build on the Philadelphia Freedom Schools model to increaseliteracy and numeracy levels throughout the community, promote respectfor scholarship, servant leadership, conflict resolution, and culturaldemocracy. Through the use of African Centered and culturallyresponsive methodologies, Sankofa Freedom Academy will engender in itsstudents, staff, and community a love for learning, pride in heritageand a commitment to personal and societal transformation. Byoperationalizing the adage, “each one / teach one”, Sankofa FreedomAcademy Charter School will build intergenerational learning communitiesin which each and every person is responsible to learn in order toteach, and teach in order to build a better world .
Peace and Blessings from Dr. Mama:
Celeberating our Past, by Building our Future
Happy New Year and Happy Black History Month. Of course, at Sankofa we celebrate Black History month all year long. We try to remember the sacrifices of our ancestors all year long. Yet, during February, that remembrance takes on new meaning.
Those of you who have been Sankofa parents have seen us celebrate Black History Month in a number of different ways. Some of you remember the wonderful door decoration contest. Others remember the Sankofa Living Museum, where you bought a ticket, pressed your child’s button and watched them come alive and tell the story of an ancestor that they represented. We have had assembly program, Black History Bowls, and even created a special presentation about the history of Frankford. Everybody knows, we at Sankofa are proud of our history as African people. This year, we want to show that pride by doing two things that our ancestors did. Our ancestors gave, and our ancestors built! Our ancestors sacrificed their resources, and often times their lives, to give to their families and communities.
Many of our ancestors understood the principle of Ujamaa and how we needed to put our money together in order to help our people. They put their monies together and created schools, businesses and financed movements for freedom. They gave! Our ancestors were builders from the pyramids, homes, cities, schools and financial institutions. We would not be where we are if our ancestors were not givers and builders. This month for Black History, 2016 we want to celebrate our history by making our own history and continuing the giving and building legacy of our people. To celebrate Black History Month, 2016, Sankofa Freedom Academy is launching its DAY OF GIVING, so that we can build a playground for our children. All month we will collect for our Day of Giving. We will have a special day of celebration on February 28. OUR GOAL IS TO RAISE $5000. The details for the Day of Giving are on page 13 of this month’s newsletter. We are hoping that EVERY SINGLE PARENT, CHILD, STAFF MEMBER, ADMINISTRATOR, AND BOARD MEMBER show their appreciation for the giving of those who came before us, by doing something wonderful for the children who are our future. Celebrate Black History month by supporting the Sankofa Day of Giving!
Freedom Writers 2014
In 2012, a reported 10 million children suffered from parental incarceration! The Philadelphia Youth Network: Sankofa Freedom Writers have recognized the magnitude of the effects of mass incarceration on children and families and decided to take a stand. By signing this petition, you are joining us in advocating for the following recommendations for change in local and federal policies.
1. Allocate funding for community and school-based programs which serve and support children with incarcerated family members
2. End policies that evict families due to the incarceration of a member of the household
JOIN US IN UPLIFTING LITTLE SOULS AND FREEING BROKEN FAMILIES!!
That's why I created a petition to The Pennsylvania State House, The Pennsylvania State Senate, and 4 others.
Will you sign this petition? Click here
Title I Parent Notification
Greetings Parent/Guardian,Sankofa receives Title I funding and is included under the regulations of the “No Child Left Behind Act” (NCLB) that was signed into law by President Bush on January 8, 2002. NCLB is designed to improve student achievement by increasing federal involvement in public education both at the state and local level. NCLB requires significant changes to schools that receive Title I funding. To see the details, please click the link to the left titled "Title I Parent Notification".