Decolonise Education

434 out of 10000 signatures


Education providers fundamentally cannot decolonise education themselves because of what our education and institutions were created and built upon - historical genocide, enslavement, displacement and colonialism. Decolonisation of education will only be achieved by centring and empowering Black people through a movement that is networked, resourced, and active. 
Strengthening and providing a platform for this movement is the aim of our #NUSDecoloniseEducation campaign. Because reaching and centring Black people within this campaign is our intention, you will find we use the term ‘us’ throughout specifically in this context, but decolonising education will benefit every one of us, and all allies are welcome to support this work.  

Sara Khan, Vice President Liberation and Equality 
Larissa Kennedy, National President 
Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, Vice President Higher Education

Use the buttons below to navigate the three strands of the campaign and access our shop:

Button to the Decolonisers Library  Button to the Decolonisers Festival and Programme Button to the Decolonisers Network Button to the campaign's shop

Why we need this campaign

The Covid crisis has been created by the same system that created colonialism and racism. The repercussions of Covid-19 on Black communities in Western countries, such as the disproportional percentage of contamination leading to death, the disproportional loss of incomes, or the disproportional percentage of front-line workers affected, was to be expected from a system that sees us as expendable. This was to be expected because it happened before, and it is going to continue unless we stand against it. Decolonisation urges us to learn from Black campaigners before us and honour them by taking action now.

When thinking about these possibilities, Assata Shakur puts it perfectly: “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

So, in October 2020, we launched #NUSDecoloniseEducation. This launch offered several opportunities to discuss, as a community, what decolonisation means for us. From this, in this academic year, we will organise many opportunities to learn and grow together, so we can imagine and create learning spaces free from racism, colonialism and imperialism. 

Support our work. Sign up to our mailing-list

If you would like to show your support please sign our petition. If you’d like to be kept informed on this or other campaigns we’re working on just tick the relevant preference boxes and we’ll do the rest. We’ll let you know when things are happening and how you can help. Supporting us can involve as little as signing a petition, liking something on social or sharing links to our website with your friends. Please read our privacy statement so you know how your data will be used. Please note providing your name and email address will log your support for this petition, but if you want us to be able to contact you again, or to keep you informed about this or other issues, you must tick the relevant preference boxes before you sign up for this petition.