KNYSNA NEWS - Oakhill School has extended an invitation to the broader Knysna community to attend a talk tonight (25 July) on diversity by author and speaker Nene Molefi.
"At Oakhill we have started a more deliberate journey this year in exploring the issues around diversity, difference, inclusion, transformation and belonging in the broadest sense of the word as it pertains to our school community," said head of school Jannie de Villiers.
"We started the year with a conference on Growth Mindset in an attempt to help us orientate ourselves with an open-minded approach to what we are going to tackle in the year ahead."
During the second term, the focus was on neurodiversity in learning spaces. "We learned a great deal from Jeandre Cooke (Bellavista SHARE) who offered invaluable insight to our academic staff in her workshop on neurodiversity and learning inclusion," De Villiers said.
"We shifted the focus once again in June when Anelia Schutte came to speak to our Grade 6 to 11 learners and staff about her newly published book, For the People, containing stories about cross-cultural life in Knysna during the apartheid era and the people who made a difference in each other's lives during that time."
The next focused moment in the school's continued discussion around the issues of diversity and inclusion has been scheduled for Thursday 25 July at 17:30.
"This time we will have the rare privilege of welcoming Nene Mole to Oakhill. Nene is an internationally renowned speaker and author of the book A Journey of Inclusion & Diversity in South Africa," said De Villiers, who added, "Oakhill would like to extend the invite to the broader Knysna community and are inviting heads of other schools, those involved in our community education as well as local business owners and other interested parties to attend."
Guests are invited for light refreshments afterwards where they will have the opportunity to engage further with Molefi or to purchase her book.
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