Sankofa Education Services (SES) started as Alkebu-Lan Homeschool in the fall of 1990. The Founder and Director, Ms. Maralene Ferguson Bates (aka Ms. Maatsaellah), saw a need to provide a space for young children to learn in a nurturing environment tailored to their individual learning styles. She began homeschooling her children and the children of other families, friends, and neighbors.
The collective of families grew into a child-centered community that was committed to an alternative education style. They lived, taught, and emulated the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” The homeschool environment proved successful in developing an atmosphere where each student was treated as an individual and parent participation was an integral part of their education.
In 2018, Sankofa Education Services evolved from its original homeschool model to provide four distinct academic support services--Personalized Tutoring, Test Preparation, Homeschool Support, and Summer Bridge-- and has continued to meet the changing needs of students and families.
In response to COVID-19, all services are provided virtually using the Zoom meeting platform.
Sankofa is an Adinkra symbol of Ghana, West Africa, meaning to "go back and fetch it." The image is generally a bird preening its back feathers. It is a reminder to learn from the past as a guide to the future.