By the ETS Team at One Education on 23 Jul 2020
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends” (Martin Luther King Jr.)
The killing of George Floyd on the 25th May 2020 sparked worldwide protest in solidarity with the BLM movement. The Emotional and Trauma Support Team at One Education want to show that we too stand alongside this movement.
Our team is committed to utilising a child-centred approach, endeavouring to ensure that children and young people feel valued and empowered, thus helping them to achieve their full personal and academic potential.
If we are to support authentically, then we have a responsibility to both ourselves and the children and families that we work with, to challenge discrimination and racism within ourselves, our organisation and communities. It is vital that we acknowledge that racism and inequality exist and that we identify and challenge the biased systems and practices which have a detrimental and devastating effect upon the lives and wellbeing of children and their families.
We stand united with our black colleagues, friends, and family and clientele and offer our unconditional support and understanding at this challenging time and in the future. Within this moment in our shared history, we have a privileged opportunity to destroy the chains of the past and rebuild a more unified and equal society where we can celebrate all differences and truly say that all lives matter.
We recognise that this statement alone is not enough - we must make an ongoing commitment to promote and create change. If we are unable to challenge our own bias, then we cannot hope to challenge the same inequality and discrimination at a wider level. We need to confront the pain of the past by finding understanding and a way to move forward as one. Every one of us can begin this today by educating ourselves and others. It is through education that we can empower ourselves to break the silence that so often surrounds racial injustice.
“To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try” (Rosa Parks).