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Commonality Talks: The Education Gap

  • Peckham Pelican 92 Peckham Road London, England, SE15 5PY United Kingdom (map)

Join Commonality Talks on Tuesday 20th September 2016 between 7-9.30pm for an evening of shared experiences and creativity at The Peckham Pelican.

“School was a joke because the teachers didn’t care and let us do what we wanted. And university was pretty much a three year party and an expensive excuse to leave home – my parents made up my mind for me by being annoying” 

This month we say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn by kicking off with a talk/debate on education. As many young people get ready to head back to or start school, college and university for undergraduate or postgraduate study we discuss whether the educational system in the UK actually works or if lazy attitudes towards education and a sense of entitlement from students is to blame for low standards of achievement and un-employment levels.

On the night we will be asking questions such as:

Is university actually worth our money?
Does class and background determine future success?
Do grades matter in the long run?
What role does creativity play in education?
Do we need more diversity amongst teaching staff in Universities?

Our panel includes young professionals who have experience of working within formal educational environments as well as empowering and informing people outside.

The evening will be hosted by Peju Oshin, Museum & Gallery Educator and our special guests on the night are:

Jasmine Ennis – Entrepreneur & Careers coordinator in secondary schools

Bee Tajudeen – Founder & Creative Director of Black Blossoms also former Education Officer at UAL (University of the Arts London)

Ebinehita Iyere - SOS Caseworker/ Freelance Youth Worker

Sophia Tassew - Art Director at FCB Inferno

Following the debate there will be a creative workshop (ticketed) which explores the theme of growing up.

Later Event: October 6
Poetry in the Piazza