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name & philosophy

The Zoeza Institute, and its parent organization, the Zoeza Group, derive their names from the Swahili word, zoeza, /zO•e•za/, a verb meaning to ‘accustom’ or ‘train by practice.’ The Zoeza Institute believes the most effective learning is a result of active participation, deliberate practice, and meaningful experiences.

Logo Inspiration

The Zoeza logo is inspired by the West African Adinkra symbol “Nyansapo”:


Nyansapo Symbol


Also referred to as the “Wisdom Knot”, this symbol represents wisdom, ingenuity, intelligence, and patience. An especially revered symbol of the Akan, it conveys the idea that "a wise person has the capacity to choose the best means to attain a goal. Being wise implies broad knowledge, learning and experience, and the ability to apply such faculties to practical ends." For more information about the Wisdom Knot and its symbolism for knowledge and learning, see The Adinkra Dictionary: A Visual Primer on the Language of Adinkra by W. Bruce Willis.

Philosophical Connection

Drawing on its namesake meaning, the philosophy of the Zoeza Institute is to engage the target youth, develop deep, committed relationships, and maintain a long-term bond filled with learning experiences, enrichment activities, and apprentice opportunities. Both the mentor and mentee learn valuable lessons by engaging in the doing of the aforementioned activities.


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