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Introduction to Equity X Education 



Welcome to our groundbreaking "Introduction to Equity X Education" course, launching in January 2024. This 8-week journey is tailor-made for passionate education programme designers, technical advisors and specialists like you who want to centre equity, anti-racism and community-responsiveness at the heart of educational programming.

This is an evidence based course. We've spoken to dozens of education aid providers and recipients of educational aid projects who shared some of their critique:

'From my experience, many Education interventions, programmes, and proposals are designed by International (often white, middle class, Western-educated) education advisors external to the context, who work with local and national colleagues, staff, or researchers familiar with the context to develop the programme. Even if these advisors are based in the country for a number of years and know the context, there are still power dynamics at play which are legacies of colonial power relations. International experience and knowledge are privileged over national and local experience and knowledge' 

We will provide you with the knowledge, guidance, and support to make your educational initiatives a powerful tool for social justice and equality.



per person

  • This is for individuals who are self-funding.
  • A small number of partial and full bursaries will be available-please enquire.



per person

  • This is for individuals whose organisations are funding their place.
  • We consider a¬†small non-profit (annual income below ¬£1 million).¬†



per person

  • This is for individuals whose organisations are funding their place.
  • We also offer a reduced rate for teams from the same organisation.



Who is the programme for?

In the pursuit of social impact, creating inclusive and anti-racist educational programs is not just an option; it's a necessity. The calls for shaking up social impact spaces have been getting louder and louder. We spoke to dozens of organisations, providers and recipients of educational aid in designing this course, and one of the consistent issues that came up was a lack of practical tools and approaches that centred community-responsive education program design.

Our course has been designed with people with first hand experience of being recipients of educational aid; as well as practitioners with extensive experience in designing equity centred education programmes.  

If  you feel that it is time to step into a new paradigm of social impact, one that empowers you to co-create education programs that truly make a difference, this is the course for you.


What you can expect from the course, and us:

The "Equity X Education " is not your standard online course. This 8-week journey is designed to empower you with innovative tools, fresh perspectives, and practical skills to drive social change within your work.

You will give you a fantastic opportunity to join a group of peers who want to change community education programs. The programme is for you if you’re looking for:

  • A¬†8-week programme of online learning grounded in equity-centred design thinking, anti-racism and decolonial-informed¬†practice.
  • Practical and tried and tested examples around how to build¬†community-centred education programmes
  • Weekly engagement in course content via either self-led reading and reflection activities or participation in live webinars.
  • Guest expert sessions, discussion, learning and exploration of topics like¬†power in project design, advocacy, monitoring, evaluation and learning.
  • Interactive¬†approaches to learning and development which prioritise peer learning rather than lengthy lectures.
  • Webinars will be recorded and¬†accessible even after you have completed the¬†course.


By the end of the course, you will come away with:

  • The language, frameworks, and conceptual understanding of what equity design means and looks like in educational programme design.
  • Practical experience of applying theory to practice-¬†You'll be working on real-life challenges and supported by a team who has decades of experience designing equity centred programs.¬†
  • An individualised action plan to embed Design for Social Impact's eight principles into your work.
  • Continuous opportunities to learn and engage - you will be part of a¬†community of learners who can support and learn from one another.¬†We actively¬†encourage collaborative learning, dialogue, and sharing of experiences to foster a sense of solidarity.
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Week 1- Introduction to Equity Design in Education

  • Exploration of terminology and frameworks (e.g., decolonial, anti-racist, intersectional).
  • What does systemic change in education look like¬†for me as a practitioner?
  • Shifting from 'needs' assessments to¬† 'Asset-based' approaches.

Week 2- Power Dynamics and Intersectionality

  • Power mapping in education program design processes.
  • Using Intersectionality as a lens for understanding and designing with complex identities and experiences.
  • Strategies for providing platforms for expression and representation.

Week 3- Systems Thinking: From Global to Local

  • The power of capital: Roots of inequity
  • Analyse how systemic inequities are embedded in educational structures and policies.
  • Identifying leverage points for transformative change
  • Case studies on successful systemic interventions in education

Week 4- Inclusive Pedagogies of Care and Solidarity

  • Understanding trauma-informed education
  • Strategies for creating trauma-sensitive learning environments¬†
  • Culturally Responsive Curriculum
  • Restorative Justice¬†

Week 5- Environmental and Economic Justice.

  • Exploring community-driven funding and resource-sharing initiatives.
  • Building sustainable, ethical partnerships for effective collaboration.
  • Building in Participatory Funding Grants and mechanisms to community based education initiatives.

Week 6- Anti-Racism in Education

  • Strategies for anti-racist curriculum design
  • Incorporating decolonial perspectives into education
  • Case studies of successful anti-racist and decolonial education initiatives

Week 7- Iterative and Mutual Learning Agendas: Reimagining Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

  • Overview of the traditional vs. iterative MEL approaches.
  • Developing evaluation frameworks that prioritise equity.
  • Case studies showcasing the impact of iterative learning on community education projects.

Week 8-Structural Change and Action: Implementing Equity-Centered Projects

  • Practical steps for designing and launching equity-focused education projects.
  • Building sustainable, ethical partnerships for effective collaboration.
  • Building coalitions and alliances for systemic change.
  • Reflection on personal and organizational commitments to ongoing equity work.


We have collaborated with dozens of organisations, including: