Daily Schedule

8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 Harambee
9:00 - 10:30 Integrated Reading Curriculum
10:30 - 10:45 Morning Break & Snack
10:45 - 11:45 Integrated Reading Curriculum Pt. 2
11;45 - 12:00 D.E.A.R. Time (Drop Everything And Read)
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch & Recess
1:00 - 3:00 Afternoon Steam Activities
3:00 Dismissal

What is Harambee?

Each day at Freedom School begins with Harambee, meaning “let’s pull together” in Kiswahili. The purpose of Harambee is to make sure that scholars and their teachers (known as Servant Leader Interns) come together to start their day off in a positive, energized way!

The Key Components of Harambee
Read Aloud: Each morning, a guest from the community comes in to share a book with the scholars. The purpose of read-aloud is to demonstrate that reading is important across all walks of life and to show scholars the different ways a person can be active in their community.
The Motivational Song: Labi Siffre’s “Something Inside So Strong” is the “theme song” of Freedom School.  The scholars and SLIs sing this song daily to remind themselves that they are full of infinite potential and strength.
Cheers & Chants: This portion of Harambee hypes up and energizes the entire site. It’s loud, it’s fun, and it’s great to experience!
Moment of Silence: After singing, cheering, and chanting, it is important for everyone to taketime to center themselves.  The moment of silence is concluded with the word Kiswahili “ashe,” meaning “let it be.”