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BAMEed network asked a few UK edubloggers to tell us their 'Hopes for Diversity in Education 2017'. Here are a sample of their thoughts with links to the full blogs.
@anoara_a starts to Define Diversity. She examines the barriers to BAME educators and calls on them to collectively build resilience.
Not only will the children from ethnic backgrounds benefit by having more BAME positive role models but so will the children native to this land. Imagine a land without prejudice or hatred but filled with tolerance, patience and understanding.
Here @ieshasmall talks about the need for people to be more direct!
Diversity as a concept is, of course, important but I sometimes wonder if it’s become a term that is now used to make people in the majority (which majority depends on the particular aspect of diversity) feel comfortable instead of having to use words that they might find unpalatable.
@jonnywalker_edu writes his concerns that the ambition he nurtures in a predominantly BAME classroom do not reflect the reality of the professional life they will enter into.
Until they are able to pass through professional and educational life without needing to contemplate being disadvantaged by their skin colour, their culture or their religion, there is a pressing need for #BAMEed
@5N_Afzal examines the methods used to promote diversity, equity and equality in education.
I would like to have an education system where every individual is allowed to and has the resources and opportunities to access all that they need to in order to excel.
@HopeStreetBlues tells of using diversity to
ensure the most talented profession we can.
Where barriers are created that prevent potential teachers from aspiring to, or accessing, the profession, we diminish the quality of teaching upon which educational outcomes depend.
@Miss_Wisley shares her #BAMEed pledge because Diversity Matters so our schools, staff bodies and leadership reflect the communities they serve.
With #BAMEed we are yet to identify all of the systemic barriers and how to counteract them to support BAME educators in their careers.