Organisation to Decolonise International Schools

Our goal at ODIS is to create a movement within all international schools (not just IB) and the expat community at large to expand the scope of international education beyond current Western values, to be intersectional and inclusive of all marginalised groups.

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Decolonising Earth Day Resource


UPCOMING EVENTS:

Insta Live this Sunday
We're having a quick casual Instagram live this Sunday April 11 at 4 pm GMT (5 pm CET, 11 am EST) to chat and answer questions you have submitted to our last story (feel free to DM/comment questions). Some of our co-workers might pop by and say hi. Hope to see you there.


OUR LATEST WORK:

Films, books, music and more celebrating Black culture around the world:

Added to regularly. Send us your suggestions via social media!

Articles:

By Xoài David and Anna Clara Fontoura Fernandes Reynolds. August 2020.

"The international school culture in which we were raised is generally synonymous with "white" culture—the assimilation of it and consequent "othering" of everything non-white." (excerpt)

Medium Article by Xoài David, June 2020

"As someone who’s attended seven international schools over the course of her childhood all over the Global South, I can affirm with some amusement that I am indoctrinated in the ways of the international baccalaureate... " (click the link above to access the rest of the article)

Podcasts:

Clara Reynolds and Xoài David, international school alumni, are asking international schools to face their colonial roots and current practices in the spirit of anti-racism and decolonization. Listen to their stories of how their perspectives changed about the IB and International schools once they left school and moved on to university. Released 29th August 2020

In this final episode of the first season, I met former international school students Clara Reynolds and Xoài David, two twenty-one year olds on a mission to decolonise the curriculum in the world of international education. Their movement began as “decolonise the IB” and is now the Organisation to Decolonise International Schools. It has taken hold and empowered other international school alumni, teachers and students. Released 31st July 2020

Conferences/videos:

YOUTH FORUM SWITZERLAND

Featured: Dr Danau Tanu (author of Growing up in Transit and anthropologist of all things Third Culture Kid), Hayley Headley (former UWC student and member of Critical Engagement diversity, equity and inclusion initiative) and student speakers Alistair Mackay and Michaela Johnson, as well as co-founder Xoài David of ODIS.

Guests:
Out For Solidarity (representing Overseas Family School, OFS)DoBetterDover (representing United World College South East Asia Dover campus, UWCSEA Dover)
November 1st 2020: Two alumni teams from different Singapore international schools discussed the challenges and achievements they have made in urging their school board to make curriculum reforms and change campus practices to tackle discrimination and bring more diversity, equity, and inclusion to the community. This was a partially recorded event with each alumni team presenting their work, followed by break-out rooms where viewers can participate in the discussion. Watch the recording linked above.

Featuring: Proserpina Dhlamini-Fisher, Nunana Nyomi, Rachel Engels,Annaclara Fontura Fernandes Reynolds and Xoài David, and Shelly Maldonado. Recorded July 23 2020 - Edited version coming soon on Youtube


Petition

This is a petition to the Internatonal Baccalaureate Director General Dr. Siva Kumari, and IB Chief of Education, Dr. Rebecca Hughes. We want the IB to standardise its curriculum to include previously excluded topics such as anti-racism, systemic oppression, BIPOC history, ableism, LGBTQ+ rights, and so on to reflect true global-mindedness.
The petition was uploaded June 5 2020 and marked the beginnings of ODIS, back when we were called the 'Decolonise IB' team.


Students Unite - see everyone's progress

Our Database has the contacts of many student, alumni and teacher initiatives striving to bring about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) related changes in international schools around the world. Though some operate privately a few have public websites! (Open Letter forms, Carrd/Link.tree sites, Instagram accounts) These show their progress, mostly as surveys and petitions, testimonies and letters to the school board. Have a look if you're looking for inspiration - we also share this on the "Schools Unite" highlight on our Instagram. Who knows, you might find a school you know there!


IB Student and Educator Surveys

After recieving 600+ and 150+ responses to our June 2020 surveys, we are no longer accepting responses as we prioritise other areas of our work and concieve better quality questionnaires. Thank you so much to everyone who submitted - many of the results were shared with our community and quoted on our social media.


Resource List

Links to relevant articles, petitions, TED Talks, books, curriculum resources etc. Pertaining specifically to issues of discrimination in international schools and overseas education in general, as well as teaching resources on global topics and anti-racism guides. A non-exhaustive list, always accepting suggestions.

Tanu and Carter gave a lovely shoutout to our work in this resource-packed article. They've included tons of links to podcasts, articles and more by many prominent figures in the discourse of anti-racism in international schools. Be sure to have a look and check out our Resources list linked at the bottom of this page as well.


Sign-Up Sheet (Students and Alumni)

If you have a team that wishes to start the movement in your international school, sign up here to get access to our database, Decolonise Education starter pack, and future updates. Let's get as many initiatives around the world as possible!

Last updated:4/7/2021

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