When it comes to education, calls for decolonising curriculums have been made for years— to no avail. But The Slow Factory has taken things into their own hands. The foundation has launched a new online educational program to be taught by Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Minority ethnic teachers for BIPOC students.
To make it happen, activist and founder of the Slow Factory Foundation, Celine Semaan, partnered up with Adidas and Stella McCartney. Semaan has brought along some of the industry’s brightest stars to teach the courses, amongst them is writer and fashion consultant Aja Barber, whose expertise lies in race, intersectional feminism and sustainable and ethical fashion. Barber will teach a course entitled ‘Fast Fashion & Wokewashing’.
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📚✨ OPEN EDU FALL 2020 ✨📚 We are so excited to announce to you all the calendar of the first semester of our Open Education Program! Taught by Black, Brown, Indigenous and Minority Ethnic Educators for Black, Brown, Indigenous and Minority Ethnic Students! Swipe to see which classes you'd like to take and our beautiful community of instructors, many of whom have been with us on this equity-centered education journey from Study Hall to the Sustainability Literacy Crash Course ❤️ ✏️ This was made by possible thanks to all your donations and our partnership with @adidas since 2018 ✏️ 📋 A special thank you to @wearebrightland @fibershed_ @tonyschocolonely_us @gabrielahearst and shoutout our partners @studiooneeightynine @houseofwaris @collinastrada @scosha 📋 🖇 Head to the link in bio to sign up to our newsletter to get notified when registration opens 💫 #OpenEduFall2020 #SlowFactoryOpenEdu #createdwithadidas
Other courses include ‘Deconstructing Greenwashing Myths’, taught by fashion editor Sophia Li and ‘Regenerative Agriculture with Fibershed’, taught by geographer and writer Teju Adisa-Farrar.
“Open Education is created by and offers free classes for Black Brown, Indigenous, and minority ethnic folks working in fashion, who wouldn’t have access to this type of information and sustainability literacy,” Semaan explained to Forbes in an interview.
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This is what it’s like to have me in your class, expanding the mind, healing the soul, empowering you all with ancient wisdom and knowledge ✏️ Information is beautiful. How can we collectively imagine a better world, center clinate positive solutions and do so at scale so we can reach our goals, cope with climate change and avoid a major climate catastrophe. #openedu @theslowfactory ID: Video teaser of the Sustainability Literacy crash course I gave in April and May during the beginning of the lock down in New York. Featuring: @sophfei @ajabarber @jungwon217 @ibadona and many more !!
“The program is looking at fashion’s impact socially, economically, and from an environmental standpoint and offers a curriculum of applied knowledge” she said, “meaning: information and best practices that can be applied immediately within the industry giving our community a cultural advantage and a way to being hired and needed within the industry,”.