Coordinator: Will Bentinck

Grant and Jess introduced me to Al, because Al wanted to start organising some events, inspired by the Ragged Schools, and Grant thought I might like to help. I was hugely interested – I think education is the single most important thing – so joining a small team of friends on an exciting journey of experimenting with new ways of taking pleasure in learning and in teaching sounded like an opportunity I couldn’t miss. Read more…

The Role of the Exotic and Collusion with Nationalism by Sonia Soans

During a casual conversation with a few friends about an acquaintance of ours a friend casually said ‘it is all very nice that she learns the English language but she must not forget her culture’. The words hit hard as one of the two black women in the room we were struck by the power those words had over us. The inequality and indifference expressed by those words felt as if we had stepped back into an era where women of colour were still subservient to white women, looking after them but never equal.

There are several issues I have with those words…

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Coordinator: Dan Zambas

Firstly I want to say thank you – I have had the incredibly fortunate pleasure of watching Ragged grow from the very start. Its simple philosophy really struck a chord with me, something so obvious but equally necessary – “What do you love? What do you want to know? What do you want to be?” and most importantly “Did you know this existed?”. These are the questions that we do not ask our children in our current education system, and this ideal has been born out of the very absence of this question. For that, Alex, thank you.

I’m a parent to two wonderful little girls, little bright sparks whose existence helped inspire Alex to begin his journey with Ragged. My family are the reason I do what I do, like so many of us, and the support in my own musical journey… well words just want say quite enough what that means to me.

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