It has been an absolute privilege to spend an hour on zoom with each trainee capturing their reflections on their progress this year.
I may not have had ‘individual agency’ when I was 8 but I became an agent of change.
If each person who attended stands up, speaks up and speaks out, and refuses to be a bystander to racism, we move from being non-racists towards becoming anti-racists. Let’s all be agents, let’s all take action, today, not tomorrow.
“It is not enough to be quietly non-racist, now is the time to be vocally anti-racist.” Unknown
We need to check our privilege and we need to commit to being better, to doing better. One thing I am going to commit to continuing to do is calling out all-white line ups.
As Brits we are obsessed with how we manage our time, but other cultures are more interested in how we manage our energy.
“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder”.
As a teacher and a school leader I was resourceful with little resource. I could think on my feet and find solutions. I could create something out of nothing as I worked in schools with deficit budgets or start up budgets, here are some examples.
Yes our safety from the invisible killer has been on our minds for an extended period of time, but we have been reactive and responsive, we have taken measures to be proactive and preventative. However, there are other things that make us feel vulnerable and unsafe.
I have released myself. I have found an escape. I have set myself free. I am free flowing. I have gone public.