Creating Inclusive And Caring schools
Recent protests in schools and discussions around race and diversity across South Africa have called on principals, management teams, teachers, learners and governing bodies to begin an honest reflection on the environments we have created for young people to learn in.
The ReflectAction is an interactive day of reflection and learning for all the staff at schools. The ReflectAction explores solutions so that we all leave with some concrete actions that can be implemented to supported.
The overall aim of the ReflectAction is to help schools see the current conversations around diversity in schools as potentially transformative moments in which truly inclusive and emotionally literate learning environments can be created. It is a day for staff to all have common conversation where differing views are spoken and heard.
The key focus:
- Reflecting on who we are as teachers - our identity and practice
- Exploring the impact that Implicit or Unconscious Bias has on us as educators, how this plays out in our schools and what we can do about it
- Understanding how we foster civil discourse and teach for a diverse world
Between October 2016 and May 2017 we have facilitated five ReflectActions across the country with school leaders. We have facilitated full staff ReflectActions at the following schools:
- The Settlers' High School
- Durban Girls' College
- Wynberg Girls' High School
- Herschel Girls' High and Primary Schools
- Rustenberg Girls' High School
- The Ridge Primary School
- Pretoria Boys' High School
- The Grove Primary
- Dainfern College
- St John's College