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The Sankofa is a symbol of the importance of learning from the past - from history; to understand why and how we came to be, who we are today, and the journey we must take to claim our destiny. Sheenway provides outreach to include student and teacher exchange with local venues, with Sheenway Ghana, and with our international think-tank of national and global educators for the advancement of innovative and comprehensive early education. There are limited programs with qualitative content and motivational critical thinking available to inner city youth for the development or maintenance of literacy and supportive mental acuity.
Sheen Educaional Foundation is a living laboratory of learning and teaching for total education, in a country schoolhouse setting. SEF is a search of wisdom - an umbrella prototype for global education, teaching and learning without borders. Diversity and multicultural enrichment weave into thedreams of tomorrow. Parents, the first teachers, join hands with SEF, the community, and beyond,bonding into the village that raises the child.
Herbert A. Sheen, M.D. was a family physician with a background of serving the low income populations of St. Louis, Missouri; Chicago, Illinois; and Tyler, Texas; before coming to Watts, California, in 1945. He understood that the healing processes of his patients began and ended with deeper symptomatology than organic disease. Later, Dr. Sheen's varied efforts to upgrade his beloved Watts, brought little results over the time span of 1945 - 1965. The summer of 1965 erupted into a civil rebellion, punctuated with citywide rioting, prompting him to offer 'no-interest' loans for private community redevelopment, thinking that economic mobility could make a healing difference and pride and dignity could prevail. Failure was evident by 1968, so Dr. Sheen decided to donate his life's savings and assets into a non-profit foundation to develop an indigenous teaching and learning center with a concentrated focus on early childhood development and total education. Along with his daughter, Dolores Sheen, they created a village known as Sheenway School and Culture Center, which began serving the Watts/South Los Angeles communities in 1971.
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