Building Stronger Communities Through Critical and Compassionate Schooling – 24 August 2021


Earlier in the year we were delighted to host Dilia Swart and her colleagues from Protection Approaches as they spoke about community building as a route to tackling identity based violence.  Dilia has been in touch to say that they have a new report being launched at an event on 24 August 2021 about the role of critical and compassionate schooling.  She writes:

“I am reaching out to share with you that on 24 August we will be releasing our newest publication called Building Stronger Communities Through Critical and Compassionate Schooling.

I thought that you or members of your network might like to join the online launch event of the paper on the 24th of August at 4pm BST. The event will be chaired by Gráinne Hallahan, Senior Analyst at Times Education Supplement. The conversation will open with my short presentation of the paper’s main findings. Kavita Tanna, Director and Founder of Globally Reconnect, and John Murphy, CEO of Oasis Community Learning will then respond to the report and discuss how schools in the UK and elsewhere can prioritise critical and compassionate schooling. A Q&A will follow.

You can register for the event using this link:

Drawing on over two years of research in and with schools this new research paper sets out how schools and schools-based education can confront some of the greatest crises we face, from social polarisation and rises in identity-based violence to the growing challenges of fake news and conspiracy.

There is widespread demand for education systems to be able to prioritise the skills young people need to respond to our new and often complex reality, from democratic backsliding to climate change. This paper sets out a low-cost, high-impact vision for schools, civil society, and government to equip young people with the tools they need to navigate these crises, to develop the confidence to participate in society, and contribute to the long-term resilience of the UK to ongoing and future challenges.”

This is going to be an excellent event – please do join if you can!

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