Dylan Wray

Dylan Wray is the co-founder and executive director of Shikaya, a non-profit civil society organization that recognizes the crucial role that teachers can play in deepening and strengthening South Africa’s democracy. Since 2003, Dylan has been the project coordinator of Facing the Past – Transforming our Future, a partnership with Facing History and Ourselves that holds educator workshops and seminars throughout South Africa, and provides resources and support to teachers and curriculum advisers across the country.

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South Africans Reflect on the Rugby World Cup

Posted by Dylan Wray on January 8, 2020

2-11-19 (November 2, 2019) will be a date South Africans remember for a long time. Not because everyone is a rugby fan. Not because all South Africans followed the Springboks’ journey through the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Not because every South African watched the 90 minute final (although, by all accounts, millions of us did from all over the land, in fan parks, in homes, taverns, bars, and restaurants). 2-11-19 will be remembered because the South African Rugby team’s World Cup victory reminded us how far we have come as a country and the victory gave us hope again.  

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Topics: South Africa

Let 2017 be the Year of Fostering Civil Discourse

Posted by Dylan Wray on December 15, 2016

South Africans, like many people in the United States right now, and many in Colombia and the United Kingdom, have been thinking deeply about who we are, where we came from, and where we are heading as a country. In 2016, South Africans also woke up, one morning, to a changing shift in the political landscape—a view we had become accustomed to. What seemed unlikely once was now before our eyes. Local government elections saw major cities across the country, including Pretoria, the seat of government, now in the hands of the opposition. Where once race divided our votes, now the need for an accountable, honest, and committed government has begun to unite us.

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Topics: International, South Africa, Shikaya, current events, reflection, civil discourse

Celebrating & Teaching the Life of Nelson Mandela

Posted by Dylan Wray on December 6, 2013

Yesterday we said goodbye to a great teacher.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Video, Civil Rights, Decision-making, Restorative Justice

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