On Wednesday 25th November St Saviour's and St Olave's hosted over 100 staff and students from thirteen SSLP schools who came together on Zoom for an Anti-Racism Conference.
"Thank you so much for hosting a truly inspirational and influential conference. It was a pleasure and privilege to finally address and tackle racism in schools!" Student attendee
We began with an inspirational address from Ndubuisi Uchea, co-founder and Head of Partnerships of Word on the Curb and himself an alumni of Dulwich College. Ndu spoke about the power of youth voice and the use of video/film for highlighting the need for change. His first video to go viral was the excellent What I Wasn't Taught in School.
Before breaking out into smaller groups staff listened to a panel discussion where Professor 'Lez' Henry, Carol Murraine and Ankhara Lloyd gave their answers to What is racism and why do we need to act now? What are the barriers to achieving racial equality and racial justice? How do we remove these barriers?
"The break out discussion groups were very interesting and being able to hear from the panel guests was invaluable as well as sharing ideas and hearing them from other schools." Staff attendee
The students followed a separate programme facilitated by Nicola Ponsford from the GEC. Their programme explored what racism is and how it can be addressed, as well as how race is represented in mainstream media. It was part funded by #Iwill Team London Young Ambassadors, the Mayor of London's volunteering programme for primary and secondary schools.
"I enjoyed the opportunity to talk to others on such a delicate matter."
This conference aims to be the start of our conversation about race and we have set a media project for all participating schools. Working in multi-school clusters, students with the support of their teachers, will make a film about race. The film will be aimed at Year 8 students and will be accompanied by a PSHE lesson plan. The films will be produced across the Spring term with the support of experienced broadcaster Laurence Lee and we will showcase them in early summer.