The skills we need to build our best selves

Identity Literacy is the ability to...

Why does Identity Literacy Matter?

What is set up to achieve?

Identity Literacy for Schools Project

Identity is a critical factor in ensuring a child has adequate safeguards against discrimination and radicalisation while also being able to maximise development and self-actualisation. 

With a deeper understanding of how their identities work, children and adults can recognise how diverse identities are created and shaped. This improved “identity literacy” can lead to a more accurate understanding of the deeper roots of one’s own and others’ actions, expressions and behaviours. These abilities allow conflicts to be tackled at their core, allowing for more effective resolution, problem-solving and learning experiences to take place within and beyond the classroom.

The Organization for Identity and Cultural Development (OICD) has adapted over two decades of work in the academic and applied understanding of conflict transformation and social cohesion to the field of education. Read more about this project and join our collaboration by continuing to read this page. Or book a consultancy session with a member of the Identity Literacy Project Team to discuss how to incorporate identity literacy into your institution or workplace.


  • Understand how to help children develop forms of identity that promote resilience, problem solving and self-actualisation
  • See how fixed identities can make children vulnerable to radicalisation, bullying and prejudice and learn ways to prevent these from taking hold
  • Learn various ways in which identity literacy can be achieved through classroom activities, educator interaction, school policy making and community engagement
  • Connect with other educators with the same goals and share resources
  • Developed and delivered by the Organization for Identity and Cultural Development - OICD - an organization with two decades of real world experience adapting cutting-edge academic findings to sectors such as conflict transformation and education


  • Online and in-person research, training, and consultancy services, to help educators understand - 1) How Identity Works 2) How to “Read” Identities, 3) Applying Knowledge in Practice
  • Accessible companion workbooks and lesson plans (in collaborative development)
  • Supporting academic articles
  • Access to an interactive Slack group to engage with peers, instructors and facilitators
  • Bespoke solutions to integrate identity literacy into policy and practice
  • Community outreach and parental communication strategy development

I found this perspective so powerful - I have been talking about it to everyone I meet whenever I get the chance. I think about it all the time, the concept is so powerful and effective from early relationships to global conflict.

Jo Grant
Jo Grant Secondary School LSA

The piece our school didn't even know we were missing!

​Michelle Omoboni - Deputy Head Teacher
​Michelle Omoboni - Deputy Head Teacher St James Hatcham CE Primary School