Alana Hairston

Alana is Grenadian-American and was raised in Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Eswatini. Alana is The Africa Center’s Director of Programs, where she develops public programmes aligned with the Center’s mission of transforming narratives about the African continent and people of African descent. Prior to that, she worked as a Senior Program Advisor with Keep a Child Alive, an operating foundation co-founded by Alicia Keys. Alana has studied and worked in France, South Africa, the UK, Guinea, Mozambique, and Lesotho. She attended ICS in Addis Ababa from 1986-1987; UNIS in NYC from 1987-1988; BMIS in Lilongwe from 1988-1992; Waterford Kamhlaba - UWCSA in Mbabane, from 1994-1997; TASIS Switzerland in 1998; and ACS International School Cobham from 1998-1999.
Realising the True Potential of International Schools

Realising the True Potential of International Schools

As women of colour, we have seen racism manifest itself in our personal and professional lives. As products of international schools, we have also benefited from the tremendous privilege of being educated in world-class institutions and being exposed to many cultures, religions, and ethnicities from an early age. While there are many examples of the good work and progress that have been made by international schools to address racism, there are many others that continue to shelter an environment of racial inequity. The protests around the world provide a moment of reckoning and a teachable moment and we ask that the systems that govern international schools do better.

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