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Birmingham activist urges more to become school governors

VIEWS: Desmond Jaddoo

A CAMPAIGNER for civic engagement is encouraging members of Birmingham’s African Caribbean community to get directly involved in their children’s education by signing up to become school governors.

Desmond Jaddoo, founder of Birmingham Empowerment Forum (BEF) is joining forces with Birmingham City Council this Friday (October 18) in a recruitment drive at Birmingham Council House in Victoria Square between 6pm and 7pm.

The move comes three months after Jaddoo, a former candidate in Birmingham’s elected mayor campaign in May 2011, was turned away from a school where he had been appointed as a governor in March this year.

But rather than let the negative experienced undermine him, he has now taken up the cause to make sure more African Caribbeans are at the decision making table when it comes to the education of their children.

“What happened to me made me all the more determined to continue my campaign to make sure our community is more involved in schools, courts, prisons, the local council – anywhere where decisions are made,” said Jaddoo, a former city council housing officer.

“I’m pleased that the city council has come on board to fully support this. Speakers will include Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children and family services.

“Those interested in becoming governors will learn about what the role entails, the support and training available, what a school governing body looks like and the benefits to schools and individuals.”

Jaddoo was officially appointed as a governor at Glenmead School in Great Barr, Birmingham, in March this year. But when he arrived for his first meeting in July he claims he was told he was “no longer needed” by one of the governors who said they were changing the structure of the school’s governance.

Birmingham City Council was quick to pass it off as ‘”a miscommunication which we will be looking into.”

Jaddoo said: “The experience made me think how many other African Caribbean people have been appointed, then turned away with no warning and no public accountability.

“All it has done is to make me more determined than ever to make sure our community is registered to vote and becomes civically involved.”

Friday night’s governors’ meeting at Birmingham Council House will be held in Committee Room Two.

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