The death of George Floyd in the United States and the reaction to it across the world has reminded us as a school community, that there are many issues around racial equality that we would do well on to reflect further on.
Racism and racial inequalities are not just an ‘American problem’. Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) inequalities are endemic in the UK too. The nationwide solidarity shown in response to action from the Black Lives Matter movement highlights a growing awareness of the importance of standing together to challenge racism and social injustice in society.
At Eltham College, we recognise that institutional racism and privilege are real issues. Reflection and renewed discussion about these issues has been going on within our school community over the last week in reaction to these recent events and specifically how we can play a positive role going forward.
Our message is constant. We do not tolerate racism or any form of social prejudice at Eltham College and we have always tried to educate our students about these issues. But we also know that there is much more we can do.
We are committed to listening and working with our school community to help drive this change and to be aware of, and combat racism in all its forms.
The Headmaster would welcome the views and ideas from members of our community. If you would like to contribute or wish to be involved, please contact us by emailing [email protected]