MEaP Symposium: Gateway to Success Open day

Academic Leads: Dr Ornette D Clennon with Amber Abisai, Henry Ngawoofah and Dr Esther Oludipe

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On the April 2nd, 2016 we launched our first symposium as MEaP, where we discussed the role of supplementary education in BAME communities.

On this page, you will find video-highlights of all the presentations that took place, they also have accompanying power point presentations and commentaries. Please take some time to browse the commentaries, as extra appended information can also be found there. We hope that this page will act as a guide to help you further explore some of the pressing issues around Education and its provision for BAME communities. Some of the issues discussed included a brief response to the recent Educational Excellence Everywhere white paper, barriers to the education market and the implications, self-help and enterprise, what critical pedagogy looks like in our schools and more. We also hope that our resources will continue to stimulate debate about the type of education we want for our communities.

Our 2016 symposium trailer

Programme for the symposium here.

Our Palgrave book publication about the liberatory nature of community education (one of the symposium-themes), The Polemics of C.L.R. James and Contemporary Black Activism, can be read, here.

You can download a chapter from the book, below

We Don’t Need No Education. (Unless You’re Black). De-Colonised Education as a Tool for Political Activism

Can “Educational Excellence Everywhere” play its part in tackling social inequality?

Powerpoint (ppt)  here.

Commentary here.

Introducing our Schools

GIFT Academy

Highway Hope Supplementary Schools

Powerpoint (ppt) here.

WIOCC Supplementary School

Powerpoint (ppt) here.

Commentary for Introducing our Schools here.

Journey to a Successful Career/Self Employment: Four Case Studies

Powerpoint (ppt) here.

Commentary here.

Our activities in this area of research include, our 2016 GIFT-led Summer School Enterprise programme, details here.

Mentoring in Community Education

Powerpoint (ppt) here.

Commentary here.

Plenary Discussion (an excerpt)

Commentary here.

This is an excellent read from one of our cluster’s scholars. It touches on many of the discussion threads of the plenary especially around Critical theory and Culture.

Doharty, N. (2015) ‘‘Hard Time Pressure inna Babylon’: Why Black History in Schools is Failing to Meet the Needs of BME Students, at Key Stage 3’, in Alexander, C., Weekes-Bernard, D. and Arday, J. (Eds.).The Runnymede School Report Race: Education and Inequality in Contemporary Britain. (pp. 51 – 55) London: Runnymede. Available here.