Freedom School’s pedagogical philosophy is: Black children and Black people are incarnations of greatness. However, education takes place in a context of resistance to global anti-Black racism. Freedom schooling is a tool through which political transformation and social transformation can occur and young, Black children can participate in political and analytical resistance. In the context of Freedom school, the social and family background of Black children are seen as a strength that children can bring into their learning environment since the classroom should be constructed around the personal, family, and community experiences of students. Freedom School’s theoretical frameworks are: Black power, Afrocentric pedagogy, the Black consciousness movement. Our teachings begin with self love, pride in self and community. We are also informed by politics of intersectionality and anti-oppression as they relate to Afrocentrism.
Daily Themes 2018
Day 1 – Black Muslim Lives Matter
Day 2 – All My Life I Had to Fight
Day 3 – The#BlackLivesMatter Movement – 4 Years Retrospective
Day 4 – Learning Disabilities Justice and Mental Health Justice
Day 5 – From Africville and Beyond
Day 6 – Indigenous Theatre
Day 7 – AfroLatinX resistance
Day 8 – East Africa in Da House
Day 9 – Wakanda Forever
Day 10 – Triple Threat: Singing, Dancing and Theatre for the movement
Day 11 – Finding My Voice
Day 12 – Trans Sisters in the Struggle
Day 13 – My Blood is a Million Stories
Day 14 – Spirits of the Revolution
Day 15 – I got your back and the rest of you too
Ways of Knowing
Freedom School acknowledges many ways of knowing and styles of learning. As such, students will receive lessons through oral stories, books, film, animation, technology (e.g. 360 video), song., games. Students will express knowledge through writing, visual arts, dance, poetry, martial arts, drumming etc.
Youngest Freedom Fighters Curriculum (Under 6 program)
The Youngest Freedom Fighter (Under 4 year old program) will mirror the Freedom School program and curriculum. However, lessons will adapted to be child friendly and accessible to this age group. The under 4 program will focus heavily and love of and pride in self and community. The youngest freedom fighter program will focus on building emotional security.