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Raising Awareness of Unconscious Bias in the Classroom through Forum Theater
21 to 23 March 2018, Bonn

How can oppression be mitigated in a classroom? What can be done in the case of inequity? These are some of the questions addressed at the GDL workshop on "Raising Awareness of Unconscious Bias in the Classroom through Forum Theatre", held at the UN Global Festival of Action on 22 April 2018.The co-facilitators, GDL-member Amarachi A. Igboegwu and Forum Theatre practitioner Angelo Miramonti, provided some 25 participants with a taste of forum theatre as a channel for discussing oppression in the classroom. Uncovering unconscious bias in the classroom is a step in the right direction towards providing equitable and inclusive education to all learners, which is one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

The GDL, a platform for interdisciplinary professionals who are passionate about creative engagement and devising innovative ways to tackle the challenges of diplomacy in the 21st century, provided the workshop with thought-provoking insights on the impact of “miseducation”, especially of students with lower socio-economic means.

With plenty of laughter and intriguing amateur acting, participants suggested solutions not by explaining their position and ideas per se, but rather by acting out their interventions and gaining feedback from the audience. The experience had an equally strong impact during the question-and-answer session. Participants wanted to know more about Forum Theatre and its application to other challenges facing society. They were also able to reflect on the impact of unconscious bias in their day-to-day lives. One participant explained to the group how he had come to view his own unconscious bias towards gender. The Forum Theatre experience was eye-opening for him, as well as for the actors and participants in general.

Although the allotted time was short (90 minutes), the audience was encouraged to think about how it makes meaning of day-to-day experiences and the pervasive impact of unconscious bias in their lives. It is clear that more exchanges of this sort are needed. One participant suggested involving teachers and parents in Forum Theatre workshops as a means of raising awareness and bridging educational deficits in the school system. More importantly, it has become increasingly evident that high-quality education for all is essential to a stable democracy. The more learners are provided with such opportunities, the better off we all stand to be in the long run.

Photo: GDL Secretariat
Photo: GDL Secretariat
Photo: GDL Secretariat
Photo: Joshua Dilawar
Photo: Joshua Dilawar

About the Festival of Action:
The Global Festival of Action took place from 21-23 March 2018 in Bonn. The festival was organised by the UN SDG Action Campaign with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Federal Foreign Office. The purpose of the UN SDG Action Campaign is to ensure the SDG agenda is brought to life and to push for better representation of the Global South. It is important to mention that the 2030 Agenda is more than the sum of SDGs. It presents the 5 Ps and thereby adds Peace and Partnerships to social inclusion (People), environmental protection (Planet) and economic growth (Prosperity).

The annual festival tackled the challenges of our time by providing a platform for exchange and partnerships to effect transformative change. It sought to showcase good practices in different parts of the world, to examine challenges from multiple angles and to foster collective action. The festival went beyond a regular conference since the sessions embraced a wide range of formats such as high-level panels, snappy talks, and skill-sharing workshops. 
The main thematic areas were innovation approaches, citizen engagement, communicating SDGs, mobilising action and multi-stakeholder engagement. 

The sessions of GDL members in a nutshell: 
21 March 2018: Nicola Forster – 'How to' session! Open Situation Room on SDG implementation: Developing innovative project ideas with design thinking.
22 March 2018: Sabrina Schulz and Nicola Forster – 'How to' session! Open Situation Room on SDG 17: Developing innovative partnerships between civil society and business.
22 March 2018: Amarachi Igboegwu – Raising awareness of unconscious bias in the classroom as a step towards inclusive and equitable quality education (SGD 4) through Forum Theater.

Text by: Amarachi A. Igboegwu and photos 4, 5 by: Joshua Dilawar

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Amarachi Adannaya Igboegwu

Ms Amarachi Adannaya Igboegwu is an Equity and Empathy Consultant with vast international training and coaching experience. Her primary goal is to empower both private and public institutions with a view to enhancing and building their human capacity by improving communication lines and promoting belongingness.

Her doctoral research study connects critical self-reflection and self-knowledge to the conscious teaching of elements that are necessary for dealing with structural racism. She has pioneered pre-service teacher training courses on the topic of conscious teaching, led workshops and given talks on the importance of critical self-reflection and the impact of implicit bias in daily life.

 

Nicola Forster

Nicola Forster is the Founding President of the Swiss crowdsourced think tank foraus (Forum Aussenpolitik) as well as a social entrepreneur and public sector innovator. He is a co-founder of the political movement Operation Libero, the German grass-roots think tank Polis180, several foraus spinoffs around the globe, the staatslabor as well as the Global Diplomacy Lab.

With his innovation consultancy crstl.io, Nicola advises different foundations, international think tanks and foreign ministries on creative formats and strategic innovation. He is the Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Bern Hub (World Economic Forum) and sits on the boards of the WEF Open Forum Davos, Fondation Science et Cité (as Vice President), Law and Economics Club as well as Foundation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe. Nicola is a Swiss Ashoka Fellow and Mercator Fellow. He has been ranked among the top 99 foreign policy leaders under 33 by The Diplomatic Courier. Nicola regularly contributes to Swiss and international media and is a frequent keynote speaker, panelist and moderator (e.g. with the Open Situation Rooms design thinking format).

Nicola holds a degree in law (lic.iur./MLaw) and has studied in Zurich, Montpellier and Lausanne. He is currently based in New York, Berlin and Switzerland and has lived in a wide range of countries, including Ethiopia, Russia, Australia and Belgium.

Sabrina Schulz

Sabrina Schulz is Head of Government Relations at KfW, the German national promotional and development bank. While she is responsible for the full range of the bank’s activities, her main focus is on the role the financial sector can play in the transition to a low-carbon economy and the implementation of the SDGs.

Before joining KfW in 2018, climate and energy think tank, for six years, Sabrina worked in various policy capacities for think tanks and consultancies in Germany, the UK, the US and Canada. From 2009 to 2011, she was a policy advisor on climate change and energy to the British High Commission in Canada.

Sabrina holds an MA in Public Policy and Management from the University of Potsdam, for which she also studied at the University of Konstanz and the Université catholique de Louvain, as well as an MA in International Politics and a PhD from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth in the United Kingdom. She is an environmentalist, an internationalist and a yogini and works as a Policy Fellow at ‘Das Progressive Zentrum’ in Berlin.

Amarachi Adannaya Igboegwu

Ms Amarachi Adannaya Igboegwu is an Equity and Empathy Consultant with vast international training and coaching experience. Her primary goal is to empower both private and public institutions with a view to enhancing and building their human capacity by improving communication lines and promoting belongingness.

Her doctoral research study connects critical self-reflection and self-knowledge to the conscious teaching of elements that are necessary for dealing with structural racism. She has pioneered pre-service teacher training courses on the topic of conscious teaching, led workshops and given talks on the importance of critical self-reflection and the impact of implicit bias in daily life.

 

Amarachi Adannaya Igboegwu

Ms Amarachi Adannaya Igboegwu is an Equity and Empathy Consultant with vast international training and coaching experience. Her primary goal is to empower both private and public institutions with a view to enhancing and building their human capacity by improving communication lines and promoting belongingness.

Her doctoral research study connects critical self-reflection and self-knowledge to the conscious teaching of elements that are necessary for dealing with structural racism. She has pioneered pre-service teacher training courses on the topic of conscious teaching, led workshops and given talks on the importance of critical self-reflection and the impact of implicit bias in daily life.

 

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