We believe that knowledge is power, not just to achieve political and social power but power over our own lives. History can teach us a lot and we believe it is important for black people to know at least some of their history, not the parts that have been whitewashed over.
When people think of black history, they normally think of slavery but black people have and always will be more than slaves. Though many of the Taken and their descendants like Harriet Tubman, Thomas Jennings and Marcus Garvey went on to achieve great things, our history started long before slavery when we were kings.
Each One Teach One
The saying “Each one teach one” is an African proverb that originated in America during slavery times. Slaves were seen as chattel and therefore denied an education so when one slave learned to read or write, it became his duty to teach someone else.
Frank Laubach, a Christian missionary went on to use the phrase to address poverty and illiteracy in the Philippines. It was later used in Jamaica to form the Adult Literacy Programme.
This site is based on the Each One Teach One principle where we share what we have learned with you. We also believe that we can learn from the past to build the future: Sankofa.
The meaning of Sankofa
Sankofa is an Akan word that means, “We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today.”
The Akan (Ghanaian vernacular) word, Sankofa means “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.”
The word is derived from the words:
FA (look, seek and take).
The symbol of Sankofa is that of a bird whose head is faced in the opposite direction of its body. This is emphasising on the fact that even though the bird is advancing, it periodically makes it a point to examine/ return to it’s past, since this is the only way for one to have a better future.
Some also interpret Sankofa to mean, no matter how far away one travels they must always return home. However Sankofa is interpreted, the basic and important meaning still lies; one’s past is an important aspect of one’s future. So in order to make the best of one’s future, one must visit one’s past.