The Big Hair Assembly, Friday 1:30pm (BST) September 13th, 2019 will unite Children of all backgrounds together in a celebration of hair, identity and equality. The exciting event will be live streamed to schools all around the world. Every child is included.
This assembly will advocate for a change in schools by tackling the global problem of Afro hair bias.
Children as young as five have been in the headlines because of negative hair policies against Afro hair and they are not alone. The recent Hair Equality Report supported by De Montfort University, found that one in six children with Afro-textured hair is having a bad experience in UK schools.
Josiah Sharpe aged 5
The Big Hair Assembly will educate both teachers and students. Plus, a free resource pack and WAD Lesson plan, will equip schools beyond the assembly and into the classroom. The current education system creates a huge equality gap for children with Afro hair; they can be penalised, humiliated and excluded, simply for having a different hair type. Improving the inclusion and self-esteem of pupils, can also raise attainment levels. The event will tackle this emotive subject of hair bias through discussion, drama, dance and interactive activities. Students will learn critical thinking, empathy and empowerment.
International Child Influencers Celai West (USA), Farouk James (UK) and Angel Afro.dance (Netherlands) will share their experiences and inspire other young people to be confident changemakers. Don’t Touch My Hair, Author Emma Dabiri will host the assembly and add an academic and historical context to the treatment of Afro hair.
The assembly is for all hair types in fact children without Afro hair, could benefit even more: “I learnt so much about Afro culture and it was an amazing experience. Everyone should be proud of who they are and what they look like because everyone is special in their own way.” Year 7 pupil Roundhay School, Leeds.
Joining the Big Hair Assembly means that your school is part of the solution and not part of the problem of hair discrimination. The growing Natural Hair Movement is changing the negative perceptions of Afro hair all over the world but education systems have been slow to change. Legal moves to protect Afro hair have happened in New York and California and we believe the same will happen in the UK.
World Afro Day® is an annual day of change, education and celebration of Afro hair, culture and identity. The annual event was founded, 15th September 2017 and is endorsed by the United Nations Ofﬁce of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. World Afro Day 2018 reached over 10 million people, through the media and online. We want to establish it this year in schools.
You can find out more information about joining the live stream from different time zones or doing a local assembly here. Please visit our website www.worldafroday.com and follow us on social @worldafroday or on Facebook to be part of the change.
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