‘Decolonisation in Higher Ed’ Webinar
In collaboration with St. Mary’s University, this panel aimed to address the question ’What is decolonisation?’ As the panelists discussed, decolonisation involves the history of empire, domination, and the ongoing struggle for liberation. A key factor is highlighting marginalised and neglected stories. Decolonisation must use history as a tool to dismantle the current oppressive systems. Decolonisation looks at who, where, and what is taught to students in different parts of the world and why.
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In this webinar, the panelists explain that in order to decolonise the education system, the system must be addressed as a whole. The education framework needs to move away from the ‘all knowing white male professor’ structure. It was stressed by the panelists that decolonisation is not simply about changing the curriculum, but bringing humanity into the classroom. As the panelists noted, every student comes to the classroom with a unique background and a different set of experiences. In order to ‘decolonise’, it is important to recognise these students’ unique challenges. The education system as it is today holds every student to the same set of rules, which does not account for the different backgrounds and traditions students come from.
This webinar was an excellent discussion about the way decolonisation affects students and why it is so important. The panelists also offered practical ways they would suggest to decolonise the education system as a whole, and within their own classrooms in everyday life.