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We help communities to embrace diversity and overcome prejudice based on race, sex, class and ability

Founding Director

Carol Smith

carolI was born in Cape Town, and have lived in Namibia, Canada and the UK. I studied at Barkly House College of Education (Pre-Primary), UNISA (Remedial) and UCT (MPhil). I am passionate about equality and social justice. I have worked as a teacher, trainer, field worker and researcher in Early Childhood Development and training programmes since 1979. I taught at Thlabane College, North West Province, and the Good Hope College of Education, Khayelitsha. I was an education advisor for five years at Grassroots Educare Trust, Cape Town. From 1993 to 1999 I worked at the Early Learning Resource Unit (ELRU), doing research and in their anti-bias project. I was inspired by Helen Robb and others in the anti-bias project.

During a five-year stay in the UK I became intrigued by the Persona Doll approach. I worked with Babette Brown, a South African exile, anti-racism practitioner and founder of Persona Doll Training (UK), providing training across the UK, in New Zealand, Iceland, India and Germany. On my return to South Africa, I founded Persona Doll Training (SA).