Open to PublicOngoingSelf-paced

Igniting Student Voice in a Democratic Classroom

Application 10-25-2021 ~ 12-31-2023
Learning 11-01-2021 ~ 12-31-2023(113 Weeks)
Course ID 2022_80_CL005_19_0_
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  • 100% Free

About the Course

The course will explore how teachers can deliberately create learning environments and opportunities that encourage and support students to engage in democratic thinking and discussion. The experiential course will allow teachers to explore teaching tools and content where learners can engage in dialogue and discussions, express themselves, participate in learning process, and feel the sense of belonging.






Dylan Wray is the executive director and co-founder of Shikaya – a South African non-profit organisation that supports teachers and school leaders to ensure young people leave school thinking critically, and engaging as compassionate, active and democratic citizens and he co-authored A School Where I Belong - Creating Transformed and Inclusive South African Schools.

Since 2003 Dylan has been managing and implementing the Facing History and Ourselves programme in South Africa and has trained and supported thousands of teachers in South Africa to use lessons of history to challenge them and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate. Dylan works globally as a facilitator, teacher trainer and speaker in Kenya, Korea, Colombia, Northern Ireland and the USA and has written numerous journal articles, book chapters and classroom materials including the Viewing and Learning Guide for the award winning Netflix series, Daughters of Destiny, The Present is Ours (a UNESCO guide on preventing violent extremism) and Co-authored the Children’s Report for the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission and UNICEF which uses the history of the TJRC to teach young Kenyans about democracy, human rights and active citizenship. He has also produced education video resources including Up2Usand Where do I stand? which both aim to empower young people to be Upstanders in society.

Course Reviews

  • Nicole Yalung-Calara
    Every session was teaching me practical teaching strategies.
  • Anonymous
    The most impressive about this course is that its teaches to get inspired to speak up. Moreover, bringing democracy into the class room but letting your students having freedom of expression and more importantly discuss issues regarding development
  • Anonymous
    Almost every session was being a teacher I was learning a lot..the videos where clear.
  • Anonymous
    the material was logical and easy to catch it, so I can understand and apply this method in my classroom. Quiz and Discussion were very well.
  • Anonymous
    The variety of strategies and approaches in promoting student voice and autonomy
  • Anonymous
    Almost all activities that aims to develop a democratic classroom.
  • Anonymous
    it encourage everyone to actively participate