The Sankofa Storytelling Program will be held VIRTUAL each Saturday 11:00am till 12:30pm. (Saturday November 27, 2021 – Saturday March 26th 2022).
Storytelling expands elementary student’s scholarly skills by helping them improve their vocabulary and grammar. Moreover, it also helps students develop better communication and listening skills. Through Storytelling students gather information, understand, and ask questions.
The Sankofa Storytelling Program will also contribute to Black students Cultural Identity. It exposes children to African and Caribbean culture and traditional values. And eventually, when Black students start composing and telling their stories it be more inclusive, giving them a stronger sense of belonging, which in the end will enhance their self-esteem and self-efficacy.
The Sankofa Storytelling Program will help Black Students gain confidence about their own abilities from the story’s Black characters, which will then enable them to deal with difficult situations including low expectations. These stories essentially serve as role models for overcoming anti-Black racism while creating bonding between their peers, facilitator, and their community.
Affirmations are a powerful and holistic way of building a positive mind and happy children. Affirmations help students to nurture their authentic self, helping them see splendor inside and out of themselves. Each week the program will begin with a pledge to self and community, then an African or Caribbean proverb.
We look forward to engaging with the parents on the 1st day of the program and in-person during the December holiday season and again during Black History Month celebration (subject to covid-19 stats and protocol).