These are The Big Issue Changemakers for 2023 who are dedicating their time to creating a fair, equal and progressive education system.
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- Introducing the Big Issue Changemakers of 2023
- The Big Issue Changemakers of 2023: Cost of living crisis
- The Big Issue Changemakers of 2023: Culture
- The Big Issue Changemakers of 2023: Employment
- The Big Issue Changemakers of 2023: Environment
- The Big Issue Changemakers of 2023: Equality
- The Big Issue Changemakers of 2023: Housing and homelessness
- The Big Issue Changemakers of 2023: Health and wellbeing
- The Big Issue Changemakers of 2023: Refugees and asylum
Ayve Couloute, Girls Into Coding
Couloute started coding and attending computing workshops at the age of seven. Now 15, her passion and talent for coding and tech is still thriving. In 2018 she founded Girls Into Coding, providing free workshops and learning opportunities for girls between the ages of 10 and 14 on topics like coding and robotics. Each year her organisation aims to get 1,000 girls involved, and 2023 is looking to be the most exciting year yet. “You are never too young for your ideas to have value,” Ayve said. “I want all girls to feel empowered to access opportunities to learn how to code and develop their digital skills regardless of where they come from.”
It’s 30 years since the murder of Stephen Lawrence, a Black British teenager from London whose death shook the nation. Since his killing, his family have kept his memory and legacy alive through their continuous campaigning for racial justice and equity. Stuart is the younger brother of Stephen – he is a former teacher with a career spanning 15 years. In recent years he has written a book, Silence is Not an Option, as a guide for younger people to recognise their agency and power to create change in this world. In it, he draws upon personal experience, his campaigning and his work with young people to create a guide to inspire the next generation.
- Doreen Lawrence: ‘I put my pain to the back of my mind when Stephen died’
- Met police yet to reckon with institutional racism, says Stuart Lawrence
- Police anti-racism plan can’t work if stop and search powers are increased, campaigners say
In the UK one in 10 people are thought to have dyslexia. Onyinye Udokporo is one of them, and in her 2022 book Dyslexia and Me she shared her story of growing up in a world where narratives around neurodivergence prioritise the experiences of white men. “[Dyslexia is] something to be proud of,” writes Udokporo. “Dyslexia can be found in people of every colour, creed or circumstance.” Udokporo’s story is one of survival. In her book she offers tips for overcoming difficulties, and wants to inspire confidence in readers who might be going through the same.
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