Zawdie Sandvliet is a Social Studies teacher and a professor of Afro-Dutch Studies at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. In order to learn more about the history of the Dutch involvement in the system and trade of slavery, Zawdie studied African American Studies on a Fulbright Scholarship at Boston University after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Sociology. After his return to the Netherlands, he took the initiative to start a course on Afro-Dutch studies at the University of Amsterdam, a decolonial interdisciplinary course that focuses on the history and present-day realities of Afro-Dutch people. Through his work as a Social Studies teacher and with his Afro-Dutch studies course, Zawdie tries to create educational equity across class, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and gender. In his free time, he likes to read, longboard, surf, exercise, and cook vegan meals.
“Online education should be accessible to pupils and students from all communities.”
Updated February 2021
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Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellow Zawdie Sandvliet is a Social Studies teacher and the initiator of the Afro-Dutch Studies at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. His project will create awareness around the historically determined disparities within the Dutch elementary and high school education system when it comes to opportunities and educational results.