Student artwork on display at Cardiff School of Art and Design

Celebrations to mark the unveiling of Wales’ first monument to a Welsh woman nominee, following a public vote in 2019, are taking place across the city, including a special exhibit on the former campus of the university where Betty began her teaching career.

Students at Mount Stuart Elementary School, where Betty taught for nearly 30 years, staged a new exhibit to mark her remarkable life, following a series of lessons tracing her teaching and civic life.

Defending the nation’s multicultural heritage throughout her life, Betty Campbell defied her critics by becoming a formidable force in the education and political life of Wales.

Born in Butetown, Betty grew up in the Cardiff docks, known as Tiger Bay. Winning a scholarship to Lady Margaret High School for Girls in Cardiff, Betty’s passion for education led her to become one of the first women admitted to Cardiff Teacher Training College (now Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy), before becoming a teacher and from Wales. first black school principal – start a lifelong mission to integrate Wales’ multicultural heritage into early childhood education.

Speaking of the inauguration, Professor Cara Aitchison, Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff Met, said: “Betty Campbell’s influence is felt in the education sector here in Wales and across the UK .

“The passion and belief in education is what drives many of us to teach. For Betty, this passion and conviction helped her break down the barriers that stood in the way of her ambition to enter the teaching profession. Her determination paid off and she became a formidable force and an advocate for the power of education in transforming lives.

“I am delighted that we are able to participate in the celebrations in this way, sharing the work undertaken by the students of Betty’s former school where her positive influence lives on in the legacy she leaves behind.”

Julia Longville, Dean of the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy, said: “Betty Campbell was and remains a giant in the educational community. She has proven her skeptics wrong by becoming a leading figure in education in her community and beyond. His determination remains a source of inspiration for teachers, students and the curriculum today.

“Her work to bring the community’s multicultural histories and her own life to the forefront of classroom learning was revolutionary and, in many ways, laid the groundwork for the work being done today to encourage greater diversity in the classroom. the area.

“Betty’s light is shining and may her ideals continue to inspire her for a long time.”

The exhibition will run from September 27 to October 1 at the Cardiff School of Art and Design.

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