BECOME A PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOL
Build an integrated school environment to ensure that no person is discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, sexual Orientation or gender
There are few things that divide a school, its educators, learners and parents more than an accusation of racism levied against a member of staff. The consequences are devastating on the school community and the after effects linger for many years, with some schools’ reputations damaged or destroyed after just one incident.
The National media often point fingers at the institution and often query what training and policies were put in place to prevent incidents of racism before this specific event took place.
Schools are a microcosm of society and we have noticed an increase in the number of serious incidents of discrimination, particularly racism.
Section 29(3) of the constitution explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of race. Further, as all schools are entrusted with the care and guidance of minors, they have a constitutional responsibility to ensure a child’s right to basic education and that this access is not infringed upon.
Educators do have a level of power over learners and negative and discriminative words and actions can harm a child irreparably.
What these sessions aim to achieve:
This workshop aims to make both management and educators aware of the importance of awareness and sensitivity training so that staff are not discriminative and are able to handle situations of discrimination.
This workshop may not alter the racist mind-set entrenched in many South Africans, it will at least ensure that educators are aware of the rights of learners, have strict anti-racism policies in place and prevent and discriminative and biased thinking from entering the classroom or school community.
1) Learner Session: Becoming a Proudly South African School.
Duration: 2 Hours Each ( 2 x 1 Hour Sessions)
Grade R – Grade 4 / Grade 5 – Grade 7 / Grade 8 – Grade 12
These Learner Talks are age appropriate and aim to make every child aware that they are proudly part of the New South Africa. Children need to celebrate diversity and this talk enforces the core values of Non-Discrimination, Respect and Tolerance.
- A brief history of the South African struggle and how we became a democracy in 1994
- Defining racism, discrimination and understanding privilege
- Ensuring a Bully Free School Environment
- 10 Constitutional values that should be present in every school
- Portrait of a Proudly South African School, from the outside looking in
- Taking the journey
- Respecting my peers and valuing their different cultures and backgrounds
- Celebrating diversity at our school
2) Staff Member Session: Educators Workshop
Duration: 2 Hours ( 1 x 2 Hour Session)
Understanding the background of integration since 1994 and the causes of racial discrimination facing education in South Africa
B. Defining racism and discrimination
- What is race?
- Defining shades of racism
- Understanding systematic racism
- Defining hate speech
- The paradigms of the “old” South African
- Understanding the term “The race card”
- Racism amongst learners – The 10-point test
C. The policies guiding integration in school
- The vision
- Establishing the values
- An inclusive approach
- Employment of educators
- The importance of inclusive curriculum
D. Portrait of an integrated school “from the outside looking in”
- Leadership and management
- Support material
- Food and entertainment
- Sports, arts and culture
- Religious observance
- “Us and them” syndrome
E. Taking the journey
- Acknowledging the need for action
- Assessing the problem
- Involving the role players
- Setting up a strategy
F. Strategies for transformation Drafting a policy on racism
- The scope of the policy
- Interpretations and definitions
- The role of management and its responsibilities
- The role of educators’, learners and parents
- Required conduct from all concerned
- Procedure, both informal and formal
- Application of the policy
G. Towards a common future
- Infusing the classroom with a culture of human rights
- Nurturing a culture of communication and participation
- Making multilingualism happen
- Affirming our common citizenship
H. In actual practice
- Disciplinary investigation and procedure when a member of staff is accused of racism
- Dealing with the racist parent
Peer exclusion and racism
Responding to accusations of racism and dealing with the media
PRICE / COST:
- Cost for the Prevention and Management of Racism and Discrimination Package is R 9860.00
- Please kindly note that bookings are secured by payment being made in advance to the workshop session being conducted.
- Kindly use the school name as the reference and ensure that completed booking forms are emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tel. 031 572 6690
Please contact us directly for more information and a booking form – we are also offering In- house staff development workshops at schools