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Shaddai Tembo's Session

Shaddai TemboShaddai Tembo is a Lecturer in Early Education & Childhood Practice at Perth College UHI and Postgraduate Research Student at the University of the West of Scotland. His research focuses on the role of alternative outdoor early childhood provision in Scotland, foregrounding a sociomaterial metaphysics to understand how children’s subjectivities are (in)formed within such spaces. Shaddai started off as an early years practitioner and family support worker for a children’s centre in central Bristol. He previously directed the Bristol Men in Early Years Network, is part of the steering group for the ESRC funded study ‘Gender Diversification in Early Years Education’ (GenderEYE.org), and the MITEYUK.org project. Shaddai is also a trustee for Early Education, co-convenes the SERA Early Years Network and (occasionally) writes independently at CriticalEarlyYears.org. You can follow him on Twitter @CriticalEYears.

Not Being Neutral: Foregrounding social justice in the early years

The purpose of this session is twofold. Firstly, it aims to reflect on the need to keep childhood political, mobilising Paulo Freire's oft-cited phrase that "the educator has the duty of not being neutral". We shall focus on our responsibilities as educators in promoting social justice and challenging inequalities. Secondly, this session will consider the role of race and racism with a view to producing ‘coalition spaces’ within our early childhood settings that may enable capacities for resistance.