Building an integrated school environment to ensure that no person is discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, sexual ORIENTATION or gender

INTRODUCTION

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.

The workshop

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.

Workshop Content

Introduction

Understanding the background of integration since 1994 and the causes of racial discrimination facing education in South Africa

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
The policies guiding integration in school
  • The vision
  • Establishing the values
  • An inclusive approach
  • Employment of educators
  • The importance of inclusive curriculum
 Portrait of an integrated school “from the outside looking in”
  • Leadership and management
  • Support material
  • Food and entertainment
  • Sport arts and culture
  • Religious observance
  • “Us and them” syndrome
 Taking the journey
  • Acknowledging the need for action
  • Assessing the problem
  • Involving the role players
  • Setting up a strategy
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
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
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

Venues Gauteng 2018

18 September Redhill High school 20 Summit Rd Morningside Sandton
 19 September  Rynfield primary Malherbe Road Benoni
20 September Waterkloof primary 306 Milner street Waterkloof PTA
25 September Northridge Primary Cnr Braam Pretorius & Carlo street
16 October Eastleigh Primary 1 Central Avenue Eastleigh
24 October H/S Die Adelaar Cnr South & Vermooten RD Princess Roodepoort (West Rand)

Please contact us directly for more information and a booking form – we are also offering In- house staff development workshops at schools