“Seeds of Antiracist Education” – Poem by Tawona Sithole for the Building Racial Literacy Programme

Sithole, T. (2022) “Seeds of Antiracist Education” – Poem by Tawona Sithole for the Building Racial Literacy Programme. [Audio]

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Publisher's URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlQE3vEaDvs&t=6s


Funded by the Scottish Government, the Building Racial Literacy programme aims to set anti-racism as a baseline professional value, empowering educators to identify and implement anti-racist behaviours and processes in their everyday practice. The ultimate goal of the Building Racial Literacy programme is to make every educator in Scotland racially literate, effective at dealing with racism and confident in leading anti-racism. Co-constructed with a wide range of partners, including education practitioners and stakeholders on the Scottish Government Race Equality and Anti-Racism in Education Programme (https://www.gov.scot/groups/race-equa...), the Building Racial Literacy programme was launched in January 2022 as a prototype being tested by a first cohort of 80+ participants across 27 Scottish local authorities. You can find out more about the programme over here: https://professionallearning.educatio... Find out more about Tawona Sithole: Better known as Ganyamatope (my ancestral family name) my heritage inspires me to make connections with other people through creativity, and the natural outlook to learn. Educated by assigned teachers through the schooling system, and by natural teachers through ‘pasichigare’ (my ancestors lifestyle), I benefit from having more than one way of knowing/learning. As a result, I find myself playing many roles in creativity and education. I am a poet, playwright, storyteller and musician. I am currently UNESCO artist-in-residence at the University of Glasgow in the team led by Professor Alison Phipps, who is the holder of the UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts. I am poet-in-residence of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNET) and Honorary Research Fellow with the school of education at the University of Glasgow since 2013. I have research and teaching roles in the school of education and medical school, at the University of Glasgow. Other educational roles are with Glasgow School of Art, University of the West of Scotland, University of Stirling and Newcastle University, and Scottish book Trust. I am co-founder of Seeds of Thought, a non-funded arts group. I write, perform, organise events, run workshops amongst other things. We often collaborate with other writers, artists and musicians. Through my creative arts expression and experience, I am now involved in education at all levels, and my creative journey continues. Video Credits: A huge thank you to Tawona Sithole for composing and recording this poem. Thank you to the Building Racial Literacy Design Team and Programme Team, Cohort 1 participants for their programme feedback and to all the collaborators who inspired this poem, such as the students on the Anti-Racist Curriculum Project – Student Voices Film (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mtoU...).

Item Type:Audio
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sithole, Mr Tawona
Authors: Sithole, T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy

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