Education should celebrate diversity

“But in my own experience of being educated in the Netherlands, that is not currently the case.”

Susan Curvers
23 October 2016

I think that education, in order to contribute to democracy, should celebrate diversity. However, in my own experience of being educated in the Netherlands, that is not currently the case.

Flickr/Hans Griep. Some rights reserved.

Flickr/Hans Griep. Some rights reserved.Even though I grew up in a multi-cultural city, I was educated in a predominantly white school. Through early selection at the age of 12, I was put in a class for students to prepare them for academic education. From age 14, we even had our own building. After that I went straight to university and now, at the end of my studies, I realize I almost exclusively cross paths with people who are also academically educated.

Our societies are more and more segregated.

At the same time, I see that our societies are more and more segregated. And we seem to lack understanding of the different experiences people have growing up, studying, working and living in these societies. With the Democracy in Europe Movement, I am trying to bring together all sorts of people to discuss matters of common concern and take action. I would like to celebrate diversity with you.

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To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.

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