UBUNTU VILLAGE was established in 2015 for the purpose of ensuring my Afrikan children the development of a strong positive self-image; values in self-reliance and integrity; kindness towards others; and the achievement of academic excellence. These goals became the mission of Ubuntu Village. Today, it gives me great pleasure to be able to open my doors to include your Young Scholars as well.
Ubuntu, pronounced /uu-Boon-too/, is a term originating in Afrikan humanistic and social philosophy. It is most commonly translated as “I am because of who we all are.” It is a philosophy that teaches that the success of the group is above that of the individual and where the community is one of the building blocks of a great society. Ubuntu Village, an independent Afrikan institution, was erected as a response to the need to rescue black and brown children enduring decaying urban environments. It evolved out of the critical need to analyze the miseducation of black and brown children across this nation.
Ubuntu’s curriculum is designed to meet and exceed standards of achievement outlined by the Common Core State Standards. Our curriculum contains elements derived from a hybrid of instructional guidelines that encourage an African-centered approach to educating black and brown children. Some of the standards and learning objectives our curriculum is based on includes but is not limited to the following:
- Educational Ideology of Dr. Amos Wilson, Dr. Asa Hilliard III., Mary McLeod Bethune, Dr. John Henrik Clarke, and Malcolm X.
- Ma’at Guiding Principles for Character Development, and Socio-Emotional Learning
- AYA Educational Institute’s Framework for Teaching Warriors, Healers, and Builders
- Kamali Academy
- Council for Independent Black Institutions
- The Amistad Commission
- New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards
I extend these requirements to meet the specific needs of our students and our community. I seek to incorporate the best principles and practices from our ancestors to properly educate and help to appropriately shape the minds of our young Afrikan children. I look forward to us working together to achieve this.