African Pedagogy

Sankofa Academy is an African Centered School which embeds an African pedagogical approach to ensure that all of our scholars reach their full potential and become lifelong learners.  The school was founded in 2011.

We have created a model that is rooted in African Centered pedagogical practices which are universal in scope and designed to assist our scholars to reach their full destiny.  The curriculum is designed to ensure that standards are taught at certain levels. Our goal is for our scholars to be competitive scholars in the global society in which they live. 

What is African Centered Education?

African Centered Education is a system of sequentially planned educational opportunities provided for African heritage children, youth and young adults to develop the necessary and required skills to participate in the global marketplace with specific interest on the upliftment and empowerment of their African-American communities and the total development and growth of the African continent. – Dr. E. Curtis Alexander

Core Pillars

African Spirituality is a key pillar to our academic foundation. Students are exposed to African rituals, rites of passage and are taught the value of ancestral reverence. Sankofa means go and translates to “Go back and get it” (san – to return; ko – to go; fa – to fetch, to seek and take) and Sankofa is often associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” which translates as: “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.  Throughout the year Sankofa scholars will  engage in enculturation practices designed to assist scholars in conceptualizing the pillars,  and remembering the sacrifices of our ancestors. How is this done? Scholars participate in the following: creating a community ancestral altar, pouring of libations, celebration of Kwanzaa.  Scholars participate in rites of passage programs as well. 

African centered curriculum and standards:  It is important that scholars remain competitive with peers while obtaining an African centered curriculum. African history, culture,literature and contributions African people are embedded throughout the curricula.  The world is our classroom and scholars experience learning during weekly field lessons. Critical thinking skills are developed and our scholars learn through an African centered lense. The curriculum embeds the contributions of African people in all content areas, the use of African and African American proverbs, folktales, stories, and other literary forms.  

Pedagogy (Teaching and Learning Approaches).  Our approach with our scholars is consistent with the learning styles of African children. Our approach includes teaching and learning that are:  project based, collaborative and family oriented. Children are taught holistically keeping the mind, body and spirit aligned. Daily meditation is essential to our program.

Sankofa Academy
Project Based Learning Model

Living Motto:  Our motto is to respect self, others and the environment. To do this we teach our scholars daily through our morning circle. Sankofa Academy is a safe environment to grow physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.  This space allows our scholars and staff to walk in their destiny. 

The  principles of the Nguzo Saba  are embedded in the curriculum

  • Umoja (Unity)
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
  • Nia (Purpose)
  • Kuumba (Creativity)
  • Imani (Faith)

Our Program

What do we offer:

  • A loving, safe learning environment where children are celebrated and respected and are instructed on Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills per grade level.
  • African centered instruction that helps our scholars to inspire a sense of purpose
  • Small group inter-generational instruction, where children, youth, adults, and elders learn and teach together.
  • Community based research and learning that get students out of the class to solve problems in the real world
  • African Centered Cultural Arts Program – Dance, drumming, Martial Arts, Visual Arts,
  • Teachers and staff who believe in children, are accessible to parents, and never give up!