WE WIN has programs in north and south Minneapolis, and Robbinsdale. It also provides home tutoring, through Supplementary Educational Services (SES). Two children that are home tutored in WE WIN’s SES program are Sagal Hussein, who is a kindergartener, and her brother Abubakar, who is in second grade. They have been reading about the great accomplishments of Egypt. They have learned that Egypt is part of Africa and that Egyptians that looked like them are responsible for many great triumphs of the world. They have learned that Imhotep was one of the world’s first geniuses. They also discovered that Imhotep was the first doctor of the world and that it is a myth that Hippocrates is the father of medicine. Imhotep was born 1,000 years before Hippocrates. The Hippocratic oath should be called the Imhotepic oath. The Egyptians called Imhotep the God of Medicine. He was also the builder of one of the first pyramids, called the step pyramids. This huge structure has six steps and is over 200 feet high. It still stands in Egypt today.
Sagal and Abubakar’s mother, Choukri, is happy that in addition to helping her children with identifying and writing their alphabets, understanding parts of speech, understanding what they read, and how to write their names, WE WIN tutoring program is teaching them about African history and culture. As we were reading about Imhotep, Choukri heard the names of Egypt, Mali and Ghana, as she was cooking dinner. She proudly smiled and told her children, “Those are African countries.” After taking a pretest about Imhotep and reading about his contributions to the world, Sagal and Abubakar wrote a poem about Imhotep.
Selena Lerma, a 5th grader, drew the picture of Imhotep, and Faysal Dhimbal, a 3rd grader, drew the picture of the step pyramid. WE WIN’s tutoring program has demonstrated the importance of teaching African American children about their rich culture and history. When young people learn about their people and the contributions that they have made to the world, it helps them feel better about being a person of African descent and proud about their ancestors accomplishments and of their own successes.
Imhotep is our Hero
By Sagal (kindergarten) and Abubakar Hussein (2nd grade)
Imhotep was very smart
He was good at his art
He built the step pyramid
And he wasn’t even a kid
He was the first doctor
He told people to be walkers
We love Imhotep