America is in an education crisis, which has been further exacerbated by the economic downturn of the last four years. It is well documented that African-American students are facing the brunt of it vis-à-vis white students. Indeed, a 2012 study showed that black children are two and a half times as likely as white children to be held back or retained in school.
The Anew School was created as one answer to this crisis.
The Anew School is a boarding school in Ghana for African-American seventh and eighth grade boys who have been labeled “at risk,” troubled, and virtually neglected by the American school system. The Anew School employs a novel and innovative model to provide unprecedented academic, emotional/mental health, and social training to these children. The Anew School’s mission is to improve the graduation rates of the United States’ most disenfranchised youth by strengthening their confidence and sense of identity, and creating the next generation of community leaders.
The Anew School
is taking what may be seen as drastic – but necessary – measures to deal with the crisis in education for African-American children. The Anew School’s program is premised on the philosophy that when a child is removed from the most stressful of situations and given a chance to start anew, he will thrive. It strives to remove the restraints that perpetuate a cycle of self-doubt, perceived limitations, and defeatism. By bringing its students to Ghana, the Anew School believes they will be immersed in a rich culture that will encourage self-reflection, pride, confidence, and a global identity.
Further, the founders of the school believe it is important for African-American students to establish a connection with the continent of Africa in order to instill cultural pride, confidence, a sense of global citizenship, and a desire to serve others. The Anew School will be a mutually beneficial enterprise. The school features a program in which Ghanaian students will study alongside Anew students for several courses. In addition, the Anew students will engage with the community and perform community service and other activities in the region of the school.
If you would like to learn more about the school, donate, or assist in anyway, please visit the website, at www.theanewschool.com.
If you are in the New York City area, please join us for what is sure to be one of the hottest events this fall: From The Ground Up, the Party Fundraiser for the Anew School. The Anew School mission is to provide unprecedented academic, emotional/mental health, and social training to “at-risk” African-American seventh and eighth grade youth in a school in Ghana.
The party will be on Friday, October 5th from 6pm-10pm at Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St, NY, NY, featuring DJ Commish, special live performances from artists throughout the African Diaspora, and an amazing and diverse crowd. You can see the pictures from our last event and learn more about the school here. This is definitely not an event to be missed! The suggested donation is only $25.
Be sure to RSVP HERE!