Pedagogical Philosophy

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.