WHAT IS THE MEANING OF “SANKOFA”?
Used as a symbol of the Pedagogical Use of the General History of Africa, the concept of SANKOFA is derived from the Akan people of West Africa. The term comes from the words “san” (return), “ko” (go), and “fa” (look, seek, and take).
Sankofa teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward
Visually and symbolically Sankofa is expressed as a mythic bird that flies forward while looking backward with an egg (symbolizing the future) in its mouth