Doreen Lawrence launches centre for research in race and education

Doreen Lawrence launches centre for research in race and education

Doreen Lawrence launches centre for research in race and education

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TWENTY years after Stephen Lawrence was murdered in Eltham, his mother Doreen Lawrence is helping to launch a new centre for research in race and education.

The first institution of its kind in England, the centre aims to pursue race equality and social justice by working to close gaps in educational achievement and career prospects of black and minority ethnic people.

The most recent data on GCSEs in England showed that pupils from a black background remain the lowest performing group in terms of how many students get five good GCSEs including maths and English.

At the centre’s launch later today (Feb 21) Doreen Lawrence is expected to say: “We know that there remains a persistent gap between the number of white and black students achieving a first class degree.

“We know that it will be considerably harder for graduates with names that sound non-English to secure a job compared with their white counterparts.

“We also know from available research that qualifications and a so-called ‘good accent’ are not enough to protect you from racism."

She said the University of Birmingham, where the centre is based, had "taken a bold and necessary action in a climate where race is no longer on the political agenda”.

A spokesman for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, based in Deptford, said: “The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and the Centre for Research in Race & Education share a commitment to challenging race equality and improving the educational outcomes and career experiences of black and minority ethnic groups. 

“We are currently discussing the development of a new joint initiative and are excited at the prospect of working closely together in the future.”

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9:42am Fri 22 Feb 13

rescaaffering oldey says...

...political correct nonsense at the expense of the tax-payers.
...political correct nonsense at the expense of the tax-payers. rescaaffering oldey
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3:48pm Fri 22 Feb 13

handymanchris says...

Just another way of creating social divisions.
Just another way of creating social divisions. handymanchris
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3:49pm Sat 23 Feb 13

lollie,erith says...

what about the white children who have also received an appalling education. there have been many reports in press that white boys in particular fall far behind other races in the education system. ive worked at a company where so called middle classes look down on working class no matter what their skin colour.
what about the white children who have also received an appalling education. there have been many reports in press that white boys in particular fall far behind other races in the education system. ive worked at a company where so called middle classes look down on working class no matter what their skin colour. lollie,erith
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10:02pm Sat 23 Feb 13

treesrgreen says...

Sounds like her trust only intends to help black children/yoofs. Wonder if a white kids only trust would be allowed?
Sounds like her trust only intends to help black children/yoofs. Wonder if a white kids only trust would be allowed? treesrgreen
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2:15pm Sun 24 Feb 13

handymanchris says...

Thats the impression i got.

Problem is, she says jump, the media say how high and the government let her do what she wants.

What happened to equality?
Thats the impression i got. Problem is, she says jump, the media say how high and the government let her do what she wants. What happened to equality? handymanchris
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9:52am Mon 25 Feb 13

Brian Sewer3 says...

Nothing on this1 m8s yar har hah
Nothing on this1 m8s yar har hah Brian Sewer3
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9:55am Sat 2 Mar 13

miss shadesnshorts says...

just a attention seeking, money grabbing mouth piece of the politically correct lobby
just a attention seeking, money grabbing mouth piece of the politically correct lobby miss shadesnshorts
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