Character Educator, Facilitator, and Coach in Birmingham, UK
My work encompasses many strands of creative direction & is informed by a wide range of educational/philosophical practices & ideas. As a freelance social justice practitioner & character educator, I use philosophy for children & the character education framework to bring educators & children & young people together; to explore, discuss & take action on social justice issues. There are many benefits for both groups; enhancing critical thinking & communication skills, encouraging youth leadership & boosting confidence and self-esteem to speak on sensitive & challenging everyday experiences.
I started my career working & volunteering in the youth/education sector, in pastoral leadership, social care practice & community engagement. It is here that I realised the limitations/damage being caused to young people, families & communities, because of reactive responses to complex issues. I decided I wanted to take a more innovative approach to addressing these shortcomings, & explore the root causes of social problems & structures that cause systems to behave the way they do. I have an undergrad in Youth Justice & Masters in Character Education.
My work with Imani Academy, founded in 2016, focuses on encouraging those I journey with to think critically about pedagogical processes, by facilitating a space that allows young people & adults to think about how all of the above effects them, the people they interact with, in the different spaces they occupy — providing them with guidance on the steps they can make to challenge the status quo as young people & practitioners.
More recently I have been working in partnership with the University of Birmingham – Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues. To develop a practical handbook: Mentoring through character education.
Alongside this work I simultaneously realised the importance of community when repurposing and championing new pedagogies. I joined Enrol Yourself as a Facilitator to host a 6-month Learning Marathon: Education for Liberation. Additionally, I am a HundrED ambassador, amplifying & supporting purpose driven innovation in education.
I harness the power of creativity in very practical ways, my coachingprepares people to ask great questions, value curiosity, have the confidence to lean into community, & navigate situations of challenge; virtually & in person.