As your child enters high school, he will be thinking more and more about his future (college, career, etc.). The Swahili tradition has a great symbol to represent one's perceptions and goals. The Swahili Sankofa embodies three concepts: honoring the past, finding one's purpose in the present, and discovering one's destiny. As the old year dies, it can be used to set the heart's intentions for the coming year.
Introduce your child to this beneficial Swahili practice by encouraging him to set his goals and intentions in a Sankofa! Using the Sankofa will remind him that his choices determine his life's course.
What You Do:
- Help your child search online for "Sankofa symbol."
- Encourage him to copy the symbol freehand, or trace it onto his paper if he feels more comfortable with that.
- Help your child brainstorm what he wants to achieve in the near future. Talk to him about what is most important to him out of all of his goals, or what he wishes to work on first. Instruct your child to write his heart's intention in the middle of the heart.
- Following the outside curve of the heart, ask your child to write the possible effects of following this intention on the rest of his life. For example, if your child's intention is to exercise more, he may have more energy to do extra credit projects for homework.
Start a new tradition with your child by encouraging him to come up with his heart's intentions and create his own unique Sankofa every year!