How to avoid getting ‘unwelcome’ in Sydney’s charter academy
A new charter academy in Sydney is being hailed as a model for a “clean, welcoming and safe” future.
Key points:The charter school in Melbourne is run by a religious order and will open in 2018New charter school aims to be a model of clean and welcoming community-run schoolsIn 2018, the NSW government will allow charter schools to open in the stateThe charter academy is being run by an Islamic order and aims to open its doors to all children aged 12 and over by 2021The Sydney charter school is a new charter school aiming to become a model in the community-led system of schools it aims to create.
The academy’s founder, Imam Khaled Ahmed, said the academy was built to offer “a clean, welcoming, and safe learning environment”.
“We want to give our kids the best possible education, which means a positive experience and that means being safe, having a positive and positive learning environment,” Mr Ahmed said.
“It means our kids get to know each other, we’re working to make sure they don’t get bullied, we get to talk to each other in a respectful way and we want to encourage them to do well.”
Mr Ahmed said the community would be part of the charter school’s design.
“This is the first of its kind and I believe it will be a positive model for the future,” he said.
He said the school’s curriculum included a history of religious and cultural issues, including issues around gender equality and human rights.
“We’re trying to provide a safe environment, a positive environment for all kids,” he added.
“That includes kids who are young and old, black and white, all kids who can’t get into our classrooms, we’ve got to create a space for everyone.”
Mr Ahmad said he hoped the academy would open in 2019.
The Australian Human Rights Commission said the charter academy was an “unjust and discriminatory” system of schooling that was “cruel, degrading and inhumane”.
“The charter model of education that the NSW Government has chosen to support is an unjust and discriminatory system of education,” said its deputy executive director of advocacy, Sarah Evers.
“Its purpose is to create and sustain a hostile, discriminatory environment for Indigenous and vulnerable children.”
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