Harambee PTA’s Mission Statement (Nguzo Saba)

Our mission is to provide a positive bridge between Harambee PTA and the Harambee faculty and staff. Our goal is to strengthen and enhance the communication between the wazizi (parents) and the walimu (teachers) about the ongoing status of our watoto's (student’s) educational curriculum. We will also openly recruit our fellow wazizi (parents) to join the PTA and participate in all school affairs and activities. We are here to support any and all efforts that helps create and maintain a positive, educational, healthy, creative, enriching, and fun environment of high expectations and standards.


The foundation of the School and its PTA is a Kiswahili value system known as the Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles). The Nguzo Saba was created in 1965 by Dr. Ron Kaurenga, Ph.D., the creator of Kwanzaa. These principles serve as a basis for the annual Kwanzaa celebration as well as a foundation for African-American people to relate to each other and rebuild our lives in our own image.


UMOJA (UNITY)
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.


KUJICHAGULIA (SELF-DETERMINATION)
To define ourselves, name ourselves, and speak for ourselves instead of being defined and spoken for by others.


UJIMA (COLLECTIVE WORK AND RESPONSIBILITY)
To build and maintain our community together; to make our brothers and sisters problems our problems and to solve them together.


UJAMAA (COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS)
To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit together from them.


NIA (PURPOSE)
To make as our collective vocation the building and development of our community in order to restore our people to their additional greatness.


KUUMBA (CREATIVITY)
To do always as much as we can in the way that we can in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.


IMANI (FAITH)
To believe with all our hearts in our parents, our teachers, our leaders, our people and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

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Parent volunteers are needed for the following school positions:
  • Lunchtime Attendant – Lunchtime Attendants are responsible for making sure the watoto are following the lunchtime guidelines. (Monday to Friday from 11am – 2pm)
  • Brothers On Patrol (B.O.P.) Team – The B.O.P. Team is a group of Harambee men (staff and faculty) that provides a safe environment for our watoto before and after school. The team is responsible for: 1) standing on post within the 2 to 3-block radius of the school and/or the high traffic areas to provide crossing guard duties, and 2) preventing and resolving any conflict resolution issues between Harambee watoto and the neighboring schools and community. (Monday to Friday 8-8:20am and 3:15-3:45pm.)