Schools, the only institutions that every citizen is obliged to attend, are the perfect places to extend democracy by building diversity and inclusivity, say three top educationists. They have been using classrooms as petri dishes and are about to publish their findings and tips for building cohesion in a book, A School Where I Belong: Creating Inclusive and Transformed South African Schools. Roy Hellenberg, Dylan Wray and Prof Jonathan Jansen say they have six tips — with a specific focus on race — to help teachers create equitable and democratic classrooms where all learners will feel they belong. "Our review of international research and practice, as well as our extensive experience in working with schools nationally and internationally, has led us to conclude that there are six things schools should be doing as they transform to become more diverse and inclusive. The book is an opportunity for us to share those six things," Hellenberg says. The three men, all born and raised in ...

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