South African schools are microcosms of our broader society. All the unresolved social issues which plague our society as a whole show up in our schools. These issues can culminate in explosive stories, but they more often sit in the culture and implicit functioning of our schools.
School plays a vital role in any society, not only in educating our children but also in socializing them, creating social cohesion and advancing societal values and norms.
There are a broad range of stakeholder grouping in schools. These groupings include teachers, administrative staff, learners, parents, support staff, management, council members and extra-curricular staff.
Individual members of these stakeholder groups all come with their own baggage. Discussions about transformation, racism, sexism etc are emotional in many sectors of our society but are particularly intense in a school environment where some of the more vulnerable members of our society are being nurtured.
Students / learners themselves are becoming more active and engaged in discussions about transformation.
There is currently a strong spotlight on schools by the public, government and the media.
What we need to consider is, do the norms and standards in your school favour children who come from families with different norms than those dominant in your school assimilated or included?
Our 10 Step Model for ensuring sustainability of transformation in schools will:
- Assist you to develop a vision to direct the Transformation, Diversity and Inclusion effort and develop strategy;
- Equip you in leading for impact
- Total stakeholder engagement and involvement, including the Council/Board, Teachers, Support Staff, Learners and Parents.