Modest estimates suggest that at least 1% of the global population currently identify as trans or non-binary. This means that, even in smaller schools, some of your students will be questioning their gender identity and, in private if not in public, many of these students will be taking their first steps towards transitioning from the sex that was assigned to them at birth.
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DEIJ and the educational journey. Listening, learning and committed to action for meaningful systemic change
At UWCSEA, for over 50 years we have acknowledged that our vision of a peaceful, sustainable future would only be achieved through the combined strengths and differences of many, working together and committed to deliberate actions for greater equity and inclusion on our campuses.
In recent years, diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) has risen to the fore of the international school agenda. The scope of focus is broad, from examining DEIJ as employers to enabling it as educators. However unique these areas may seem operationally, the key to progress is the same – developing a culture of inclusion
Al-Bayan International School received a special commendation at the 2022 International School Awards for introducing extensive inclusive education in Kuwait.
Christopher Allen is Director of Learning and Technology and the Theory of Knowledge Coordinator at the Al Sahwa Schools in Oman shares his thoughts on the topic of international mindedness.
As a future or current revolutionary educator what will you do to ensure that transparency and accountability become an intrinsic part of your values? How will you ensure that all community members feel humanised, seen, and valued? How will you fight for students’ right to discover themselves and be provided the adequate tools to understand their reality so that they do not simply feed into the cycle of oppression?
UNIS is taking a multi-pronged approach to address DEI. The first step was creating a DEI team composed of various constituents to focus on the school culture, curriculum and overall composition of our community.
At Vinschool Central Park in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, we are implementing a school-wide initiative for embedding language support across the curriculum. We are aiming to create a sustainable model that can last as and when teaching staff change.
What can racism look or sound like in an international school that already believes that it is an authentically internationally-minded school?
‘Where do we start?’ ‘Talking about racism and discrimination will upset too many people.’ ‘We do not have that problem here.’ ‘How do you get people of colour to apply to your school?’ These are the statements and questions I have heard over the past two years when discussing how to make a school more inclusive. At the International School of Dakar (ISD), we started with a problem.
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