UNPACKED: Introducing Maia Kelly

Introducing UNPACKED graduate, Maia. Read to find out more about her experience in educating for social change and how you can get in touch with her.

How did you start/become interested in educating for social change?

I often want to make a change about things I don’t understand. This started off with trade agreements, then moved into education around whiteness and now also climate justice. I ended up moving towards political education because I’m a geek, and also during a period of struggling with chronic fatigue I felt limited from taking part in more frontline movement work and found it life-giving to lean on political education as an accessible form of expressing my politics and doing needed internal work.

What are your top 3 strengths as an educator?

I’m a big believer that our weaknesses are our strengths overdone, so I say these things as both my strengths and also my weaknesses! But I can have an ambitious, creative and reflective style as a trainer. Which can be both blessings and curses depending on the day.

What’s next for you in your educating/movement/organising etc. work?
Continuing to organise within the Racial Justice Network’s Unlearning Racism Collective running more courses and webinars. And in my day job co-producing an arts-based political education programme for young people around climate justice, and training new staff joining a 5-year programme of work in Leeds.
How can people get in touch with you?
Twitter: @maiakelly

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