As a social studies teacher, Zawdie lets his students participate in the Het Parool Column-festival. In 2021, Kymmora Vrede, one of his students won the competition between high school students in Amsterdam. Kymmora’s piece discusses the questions of belonging in Amsterdam in the year of the BLM protests, but unfortunately was met with a violent attack and trolls on Twitter.
Zawdie is one of thirty Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.