Our Calling

Tribal Pedagogy

just what is tribal pedagogy?

As we developed our Six Core Principles, we studied natural learning in neuroscientific theory . . . but also in everyday practice, in Africa. And what we saw emboldened us.

At small schools in Zimbabwe and Nigeria, teachers produce incredibly impressive students with limited resources. An entire class may share a single pencil. But those students end up training as doctors in the US. From the beginning, they love school. They devour learning.

What did Africa show us? That stories are powerful learning tools. That necessity is a great motivator. That play is just practice made fun. That when learners have the chance to try something for themselves—in real-world context—they grasp it. Firmly.

What is tribal pedagogy? Simple. It’s natural learning at work.


Play is just practice made fun.