Desta Haile

Bangkok-born British-Eritrean, Desta is a vocalist, educator, and Creative Director of Languages through Music. As International Intern at the Theatre of the Oppressed in Rio de Janeiro and facilitator with the International School Theatre Association since 2005, she has contributed to many performing arts festivals worldwide. As a singer and songwriter, Desta has toured extensively, working with artists such as Joe Bataan, Baloji, Zap Mama, and opening for Sara Tavares at London’s Jazz Cafe last year. She attended ICSA Abidjan from 1992-1994, ACS Amman from 1994-1998, ACS International School Cobham, UK from 1998-1999, and the International School of Brussels from 1999-2002.
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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