Andria Zafirakou, a primary school teacher at Alperton community school in the borough of Brent has been awarded a prize amounting to 1 million pounds after being acclaimed “best teacher of the world” by the Varkey’s Foundation’s annual Global Teacher Prize in March 2018. The award she initially received recognised the importance of arts education in schools and society: Andria Zafirakou was the first British teacher to receive the prize.
“Since the Orient and the Occident are constructions of colonial discourses they cannot exist outside of those discourses. The Orient as an object of knowledge is the product of colonial relations of power.” - Grossberg
European nations wished to expand their empires along the 19th and 20th century, it marked the beginning of this long-lasting colonial race between the two superpowers: Britain and France. The Middle East appeared to be the perfect battleground to implement their culture and ideology as the Ottoman Empire collapsed in 1918, just after the Great War and left a power vacuum.
Britain is renowned for its ethnic diversity, yet its film and television industry fail to reflect such a multicultural richness. A study by the British Film Institute found that only 13% of films made in the past decade featured black actors in leading roles, whilst 60% had unnamed black characters. Subjects of films that represented a more ethnically diverse cast tended to be about slavery, racism, colonialism, crime and gang culture; storylines that present people of colour as a monolith used to reinforce negative stereotypes.
Women’s voices are transnationally underrepresented, and the event on Iraqi women brought to life their voices from both inside Iraq and diaspora. The event also addressed the role of women in the development of Iraq.
With a new building in place, the Tate Modern extension is opening on June 17 in London. This extension hosts more works on display by women and artists originally not from Western Europe or Northern America.
here is a frightening trend that is occurring in the UK for British citizens who state that they have no religion, or belong to a non-Christian faith, despite the fact that they were raised as Catholic, Anglican or Protestant and have identified as such throughout their earlier life.