Sankofa Learning Center

At A Glance

Location: 

New Haven, Connecticut

Primary Issue Area:

  • Food
  • Living Economies
  • Land & Water

Active since:

2017

Grants Received In:

  • 2020

Tax Status:

Ad-hoc

Core volunteers:

1

Our Purpose

Sankofa Learning Center, An intentional space for Black Children & Families The Meaning of SankofaYou must reach back to reclaim that which is lost in order to move forwardThe “Sankofa” is a metaphorical symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana, generally depicted as a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back.Mission-Sankofa Learning Center, an African-centered learning ecosystem , provides New Haven families a place to re-imagine education, honor the voices and stories of Black people from the Diaspora, and provide a healing space of love and liberation.   Vision for our Village-Sankofa Learning Center deeply believes in the village and Indigenous educational practices. We honor our ancestors, their oral stories that live in our spirits, and their legacy on earth because without them, we would not exist. Our vision for the SLC community is to inspire the village to live in truth, feel free in the midst of racism, study our oppressors, and equip ourselves with the tools necessary to live in liberation.Vision for our Children-Our vision for children at SLC is that they feel true freedom and in doing so they are able to be active participants in their learning experience. Learners at SLC are given tools to develop themselves into loving change makers, anti-bias & anti-racist leaders, community collaborators, and creative thinkers. 

Summary of Projects

This group received a Grow grant in Spring 2020 to support a Summer 2020 retreat to further grow the vision and strategy for an African-Centered learning space that centers Black children.