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.
Day 1 – “I’m Black and I’m Proud” – Black Pride and Intersectionality
Day 2 – Freedom Schools
Day 3 – The BlackLivesMatter Movement
Day 4 – Black and Indigenous Solidarity
Day 5 – Black Resistance in Canada
Day 6 – Aiyiti and the Revolution
Day 7 – Carnival and the Bussa Rebellion
Day 8 – Nanny Maroon and the 1st Maroon war
Day 9 – Brazil and the Revolution
Day 10 – Disabilities Justice
Day 11 – Plant Healing for Black Liberation
Day 12- Black Americans Uprisings
Day 13- Black Liberation Superheroes!
Day 14- Media Game Strong
Day 15- Preparing for the Stage
Closing Art Show – The Art of BLMTO Freedom School
Closing Action – TBD based on current events in late July
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 4 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.