At the very core of our existence, Nsoroma recognizes that every child is inherently good and comes to us as a unique being with individual learning styles and interests. Every child has the capacity to think, learn and achieve when given the proper stimulation, engaging opportunities for discovery and activity, and provided an environment that is supportive, consistent and loving. We know that children are naturally curious and creative. Our environment supports the child’s natural “need to know,” encourages problem-solving and helps to develop creative solutions in lieu of rote memorization.
Our approach to helping children obtain their highest potential is holistic. Therefore, we have made the cultivation of the physical being an integral part of our philosophy and practice. In addition to actively committing to beneficial nutritional practices, we incorporate group and individual fitness activities, including yoga, various forms of dance, and martial arts. Our goal is to inform and support families in cultivating a healthy lifestyle by educating parents and community through healthy dialogue, literature and workshops.
Through extensive research, we have learned that all groups benefit from enculturation (the process of learning the culture of one’s own origin and/or residence), in lieu of ethnocentricity (the belief that one’s own culture, beliefs or values are the only reality). We further that understanding by creating a social environment that embraces African/African-American culture and the unique perspective and experiences of its descendants. In doing so, we will benefit all children by developing a proud awareness of self and strong sense of value and relevance in the history of the world. Inclusively, we will extensively research, study and experience numerous world cultures from an ethno-relative (legitimizing all cultures) perspective. We encourage and welcome families of all backgrounds, cultures and religions to join our school family and look forward to benefiting from the personal history and experiences of the myriad of cultures they represent.
Finally, our use of Kongolese Martial-Arts practice and applications, coupled with yogic and meditative principles foster the cultivation of mind, body and spirit. This gives our children the tools to overcome life’s challenges as they work to create a more balanced, harmonious and positive world.