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File #: 190773    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 10/3/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/3/2019
Title: Recognizing and honoring Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School on celebrating its 10th Anniversary.
Sponsors: Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Henon
Attachments: 1. Signature19077300
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Recognizing and honoring Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School on celebrating its 10th Anniversary.
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WHEREAS, Sankofa Freedom Academy is a college preparatory K-12 freedom school which was founded in Frankford and later moved to Kensington was built on the Philadelphia Freedom Schools model to increase literacy and numeracy levels throughout the community, promote respect for scholarship, servant leadership, conflict resolution, and cultural democracy; and

WHEREAS, Through the use of African Centered and culturally responsive methodologies, Sankofa Freedom Academy will engender in its students, staff, and community a love for learning, pride in heritage and a commitment to personal and societal transformation. By operationalizing the adage, "each one / teach one", Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School will build intergenerational learning communities in which each and every person is responsible to learn in order to teach and teach in order to build a better world; and

WHEREAS, Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School led by Dr. Ayesha Imani as the acting CEO and Founder, was founded in 2009 on life-affirming principles that are designed to build and maintain a peaceful productive community where everyone is valued and everyone is expected to contribute something valuable to the collective. Thus, the members of the Sankofa community affirm that the freedom they seek is the freedom to be their best selves, so that they can build strong relationships, healthy families, and a peaceful world characterized by justice and harmony; and

WHEREAS, The term Sankofa is an Akan expression that is translated "Reach back to move forward". Sankofa Freedom Academy (SFA) believes children of African descent and other scholars of color have absolutely everything they need to achieve academically and live lives as fully actualized human beings who are able to build and maintain healthy communities and establish a just world; and

WHEREAS, Academically applying the pr...

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