On Wednesday 6th February, Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy and International Development at the University of Birmingham, visited the Sixth Form to deliver a lecture entitled “How to Rig an Election: Lessons from Ten Years Working in the Field”. In a fascinating and eye-opening presentation, Professor Cheeseman discussed the various ways in which dictators, throughout history, have sought to hold on to power. He also discussed the demise of democracy, and the fact that, despite more and more countries holding elections, fewer and fewer are actually of good quality, and the populations of those countries are, on the whole, ‘less free’ than before they became democracies. Anybody interested in finding out more can purchase Professor Cheeseman’s book, entitled How to Rig an Election, co-authored by Brian Klaas.
On Friday 23 February, the KEHS and KES African and Caribbean Society hosted the first King Edward’s Foundation wide Conference. We had 120 students from across 12 schools from across the KEVI Foundation attend the day.