Changing the conversation: is this the moment of change? (free webinar)
Is this the moment of change?
We are delighted to announce the next instalment of our Sex, Race and Class series – Changing the conversation: is this the moment of change?
We will be discussing whether we have reached a moment where not only can we celebrate the diversity of cultures and languages in our schools, but also see that diversity as the engine of an entirely new narrative in which diversity is the strength that makes our schools successful. Is there a moment of opportunity to change the way we think about language and education (within the British education system)?
>Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE, veteran educator, leadership consultant, coach and speaker on equity and social justice and author of Educational Leadership and the Global Majority: Decolonising Narratives
>Kausor Amin-Ali, Headteacher and author of A-Z of School Leadership
>Graham Smith, Director of The EAL Academy
In her recent book, Rosemary reflects on the story of Hector Pietersen:
“In 2020 when visiting South Africa, I visited the Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto…named after one of the students shot and killed on 16 June 1976…the Soweto uprising … was one of the key reasons I joined [at the age of 19] the Pan-African Caribbean Self-Help Organisation’s Saturday school as a volunteer teacher. There, among the many posters on the wall, was the iconic image of Hector Pieterson’s limp and bloodied body being carried by a young man. Running alongside them in that back and white photo was a young female student in her school uniform, crying. It took me straight back to being a fifteen year old student some thirty years previously, and then to the nineteen year old student teacher in Handsworth, Birmingham, and I started to cry. As I composed myself and entered the museum, I tried to explain to the guide, Antoinette Sithole, what the image outside meant to me. When she told me she was Hector’s Pieterson’s sister and the young woman in the photo, it brought me to my knees.”
The story illuminates so many issues central to schooling today: the determination of so many young people to get a good education when others wish to deny it to them, the need to acknowledge the multilingual nature of schools across the world and the need to construct a model of inclusive leadership.
This free Zoom webinar will last one hour and there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and contribute.
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