Kauser Jan is the winner of this year’s Blair Peach Award.
The award is named after the past president of East London NUT who was killed during an anti-racist demonstration in Southall, London on 23 April 1979. On the day of his death, Blair Peach was marching against the far-right National Front.
The award is granted to individual members or groups of members who have made significant and exemplary contributions to LGBT+, race, gender, and/or disability equality in their school or division.
Kauser Jan has been involved in a variety of campaigns, but, as her nomination states, “the main focus of her activism is centred on the cause of equality and diversity.”
Most recently Kauser organised a Challenging Racism in Schools conference in Leeds. She intends for this to become an annual event.
Massive congratulations to Kauser Jan, winner of the Blair Peach award for anti racism work. Inspirational & rightly angry at systematically encouraged islamophobia in our society #NEU19 pic.twitter.com/6Ju8sbAIiC
— SeftonNEU (@SeftonNUT) April 15, 2019
Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:
“It gives me great pleasure to see Kauser win this year’s Blair Peach Award. Her passion and determination to promote racial equality and celebrate diversity in education is an inspiration to us all.”
“Racism is a pernicious thread that runs through society both at home and abroad. The rise of racist hate crime including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia should be a real concern to everyone. It is simply unacceptable that in 2019 people still face discrimination in the workplace, school and in their communities, on grounds of religion or ethnicity.
“Schools are well placed to reinforce the importance of a tolerant and inclusive society and the NEU is committed to tackling racism. We are currently producing an Anti-Racist Charter to be published later in the year. It will give clear guidance to schools about the steps they should be taking to ensure that no one, whether school staff or students, suffers racial discrimination. That said, schools cannot control what happens outside of the school gates and Government needs radical economic and social policies to reduce the stark inequality which we know exists in society.”