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/ 10 November 2023

St Mary’s School, Islington, hosts World Reimagined globe to promote racial justice

St Mary’s, Islington are the first school in the Diocese of London to host the World Reimagined globe.

World Reimagined saw over 100 globes exhibited in seven cities across the UK, including London, with 3.52 million visitors engaging with the trails. Each globe explores a theme, including slavery and emancipation, racial justice, community and hopeful visions for the future. The Diocese of London was fortunate to secure one as a result of a successful bid.

The globe currently hosted at St Mary’s School is hand-painted by the artist Bryony Benge-Abbot, and called Tributaries of Knowledge – Still We Rise. It is inspired by the legacy of Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai who fought injustice against environmental degradation. Maathai was a forward thinker, understanding the links between environmental and social justice, and women’s rights, long before our modern-day environmental activities. In 2004 she became the first African women and environmentalist to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Schools across the Diocese are being invited to host the globe for a half-term period, as part of a commitment to our 2030 Vision priority of racial justice.

The Headteacher of St Mary’s, Anthony David, sad:

“My aim is that the globe will provide an opportunity for our community to pause, think and consider how could our world be reimagined, what would be needed in order to achieve that and to give licence to our community to lead.”


If you are a Diocese of London School and would like to find out more about hosting this globe, please register your interest here by outlining some of your school’s current or planned work on racial justice or alternatively, contact Paula Walker.

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