NIC SPAULL INTERVIEW WITH NAL’IBALI & BARBARA BRAND – READING LITERACY & SCHOOL LIBRARIES
I was visiting a school library in KZN a few years ago and for the first time experience hoe the library books are graded for within an across grades. Subsequently
I have had similar experiences in Hanover Park and Caledon. Another beautiful experience has been experiencing the integration between class/subject teachers
and the school librarian. They plan and execute together.
“Nic Spaull had an interview with Barbara Band speak about how the library can be a vital tool to make schools more inclusive and help all students thrive.
It struck a cord for me because in high school I basically lived in the library during breaks for three years. My librarians weren't especially empathetic or insightful
but it was still a safe place in an unsafe school.As always we can't forget that South Africa is a deeply unequal country and that only 37% of learners are in a school
with a library. Barbara's mentioned a bunch of different sites and resources:
List of organisations that support diversity and inclusion:
- Ditch The Label – anti-bullying charity supporting 12 – 25 year olds
- EACH – Educational Action Challenging Homophobia: provides training, support and resources.
- Educate and Celebrate – Ofsted and DFE recognised programme to implement LGBTQ/inclusive curriculum
- Gendered Intelligence – a not-for-profit company whose aim is to increase understandings of gender diversity.
- GIRES - Gender Identity Research and Education Society: aim is to improve lives of trans and gender
non-conforming people. Lots of links to articles, research, legal advice, etc.
- IGLYO - International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth and Student Organisation: works
with over 95 LGBTQ groups, run by and for young people.
- Inclusive Minds – a group of consultants and campaigners working to improve diversity in children’s literature.
- Kidscape – deals with anti-bullying and child protection
- Mermaids – Family and individual support for children and teens with Gender Identity Issues.
- Metro – Equality and diversity charity, focusing mainly around London and South East.
- Rewind – works in education to challenge racism and extremism
- Schools Out UK – aim is to make schools safe and inclusive for everyone: lots of links to resources and other
relevant websites. www.schools-out.org.uk
- Stonewall - help and advice, carries out research, partners with schools and organisations, lots of resources.
- Welcoming Schools – aimed at US elementary schools but has useful information, advice, etc.