Sankofa Series forum to address children’s education in the 21st century

e-mahmoud -prof-el-kati-studentsThe Sankofa Series, a grassroots-based organization whose mission is to inspire change through engaging discussion and reflection, recently announced their next event.

The Education of Our Children in the 21st Century will focus on the teachings and lessons of Professor Mahmoud El-Kati’s nearly completed essay, “Towards an African Education.” This enlightening, relevant and thought-provoking essay will be used to help inspire community thought and commentary that will assist Professor El-Kati in completing the manuscript and creating a collaborative publication in which he will serve as the editor.

To help facilitate input, 20 young adult facilitators from local activist movements and colleges will host tabletop discussions. The discussions will be used as a platform to reflect on the education system’s current condition. In addition, groups will discuss strategies and commit to action in an effort to address this most pressing issue facing our community.

“Sankofa Series organizers are very excited about our upcoming event,” stated Anura Si-Asar, a member of the event’s planning group and the owner of Papyrus Publishing. “Using community insights and opinions is a very unique and compelling approach to finishing Professor El-Kati’s essay. With the current state of education, I’m very sure this Sankofa Series will be a very impassioned event.”

Eric Mahmoud, Founder and CEO of Seed Academy, Harvest Preparatory School, Best Academy, S.i.s.t.e.r. Academy and Mastery Schools will deliver the event’s keynote address. Under his leadership, Harvest Preparatory and Best Academy have shown the most impactful results in terms of closing the academic achievement gap between white and African American students.

The Sankofa Series: The Education of Our Children in the 21st Century will take place on Monday, April 20th from 6 PM to 9 PM at BEST Academy (former home of Lincoln Middle School), 2131 12th Avenue North in Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public; however, event registration is strongly recommended. A complimentary copy of the foundational essay, “Towards an African Education,” will be given to each registered attendee. Additional information and registration sign-up is available at

The Sankofa Series would like to thank Papyrus Publishing and Solidarity-Twin Cities for their assistance and dedication to and the F.R. Bigelow Foundation for their fiscal support of this project.

April 2, 2015
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