Systemic Change in Education
Education as the practice of freedom
...is a way of teaching that anyone can learn. . . Teachers must be actively involved and committed to the process of self-actualization that promotes their own well-being if they are to teach in a manner that empowers students’
There is no one cause of racial discrimination; nor is there one solution. Class 13 believes good communication and an open and honest approach to confronting racism is crucial for creating long-lasting change. Schools are one of the key places where we can begin to combat everyday racism, and this is where Class 13 places its focus. We have all heard the phrase it takes a village to raise a child. We believe this is true. If we are going to transform schools into dynamic environments that affirm students’ inherent capacity for success it will take the whole community working together.
Class 13 believes policy change is needed to make statutory education more equitable for students. But before we campaign for this, we need a working example of what anti-racist, anti-bias practice looks like. We intend to share our learning throughout the Children and Young Persons sector, including teacher training programs. We ran the 1-2-1 youth sessions included in the project successfully between 2016 – 2018. This year we will refine our action learning sessions for teachers before bringing all the elements together as one project for 2021/22.