The award is named after the past president of East London NUT who was killed during an anti-racist demonstration in Southall, London on 23 April 1979. On the day of his death, Blair Peach was marching against the far-right National Front. The award is granted to individual members or groups of members who have made significant and exemplary contributions to LGBT+, race, gender, and/or disability equality in their school or division.
Kauser Jan has been involved in a variety of campaigns, but, as her nomination states, “the main focus of her activism is centred on the cause of equality and diversity.” Most recently Kauser organised a Challenging Racism in Schools conference in Leeds. She intends for this to become an annual event.
Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:
“It gives me great pleasure to see Kauser win this year’s Blair Peach Award. Her passion and determination to promote racial equality and celebrate diversity in education is an inspiration to us all.”
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