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Purposeful Teachings of The Seven Principles
October 2, 2016
Because a large percentage of Afrikan children attending public schools finished high school unable to read, write or compute adequate...Because a large percentage of Afrikan children finished with no positive concept of themselves...Because a large percentage of Afrikan children finished school with no sense of productive values...Because a large percentage of Afrikan children finished school without the encouragement to further develop their fullest potential...
Ujamaa Shule was founded to provide an educational institution that would ensure Afrikan children the development of a strong positive self-image, a sense of values, and the achievement of academic excellence. Ujamaa's program provides approaches to meeting life's challenges. It is our purpose to continue to develop the total being, to help each child reach his or her ultimate goals and develop to his/her highest potential.
Ujamaa believes in Pan-Afrikanism and Nationalism, and in the teachings and doctrines of the Honorable Marcus, Garvey, Malcolm X, and Kwame Nkrumah. We believe in practicing the Nguzo Saba, the Seven Principles as put forth by Dr. Maulana Karenga:
-UMOJA, is unity: To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
-KUJICHAGULIA, is self-determination: To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and --speak for ourselves, instead of being defined, name, created for and spoken for by others.
-UJIMA, is collective work and responsibility: To build and maintain our community together, and make our Brothers' and Sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together.
-UJAMAA, is cooperative economics: To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit them together.
-NIA, is purpose: To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
-KUUMBA, is creativity: To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
-IMANI, is faith: to believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
The basic concept of UJAMAA (Co-Operative Economics and Family hood) originally evolved out of a critical need to seriously analyze the then existing educational program (or the mis-educating program) within the D.C. Public School System. In a very realistic and positive fashion,there was a need to establish an Independent Afrikan Institution, which would, in fact, address the needs and aspirations of young Afrikan children suffering within the confines of a decaying urban environment. The kind of education that was taught in the public schools was of such a poor quality that it, in effect, perpetuated a crippling system of mis-education and failure for our children: therefore, it became absolutely necessary to pursue a definite course of action that would, in actuality introduce a program that placed specific emphasis on the cultural as well as the academic aspects of Afrikan education.
This strategic move coincided with an emerging Afrikan consciousness among many Afrikan educators across the country, which was through their own eyes, beginning to see how Afrikan children, born in America were systematically being programmed to become simply tools of an oppressive capitalistic society. The schools, in effect, were committing educational and cultural genocide against the youth of our communities. Understanding that we as black people here in America are all essentially of Afrikan descent, Ujamaa introduced many facets of Afrikan culture that were actually put into practice. This we feel is a valid and wholesome approach to properly educate and hopefully reshape the minds of our young Afrikan children.