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. Here you will find political education materials, campaign materials and the opportunity to take part in this movement.

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 honor 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. 


Use these links to find out more about what decolonisation means, the legacy we are building upon, our current mixed-media library and our upcoming events. And get involved!


Sara Khan, Vice President Liberation and Equality

Larissa Kennedy, National President

Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, Vice President Higher Education

Join the movement!

How much time do you have?

One second: stay informed and help us build a platform for the campaign by following us on Twitter and Instagram.

Five minutes: have a look at our mixed-media library and download something to read, listen to or watch later.

A few hours per month: launch your own campaign to decolonise education and tell us how you’re getting with it at our Decolonisers’ hangouts! A few hours per week: sign-up to volunteer with us! Contact membership@nus.org.uk for more info.