FGM conference for private school pupils held as teachers warn against avoiding issue

The Evening Standard is reporting that £14,000 a year Croydon High School is hosting a conference for sixth formers at other private schools after a pupil flagged up the issue of female genital mutilation and teachers insist they will not shy away from difficult issues…

Dr Comfort Momoh, who runs the FGM clinic at St Thomas’ Hospital, will speak to girls about the horrific procedure that affects 66,000 women in the UK, with a further 24,00 girls at risk.

Up to 200 pupils will attend the event, all from London private schools belonging to the Girls’ Day School Trust – a group of independent girls’ schools…

Heidi Mester, head of sixth form at Croydon High, said: “The objective for the day is to give the girls a clear understanding of the issues and the implications of this barbaric practice. We want them to go away, armed with the facts and able to spread the message in their wider communities.

“This conference is an important part of our commitment to provide girls with education in the broadest sense. We do not shy away from difficult issues, but instead feel it is imperative that we encourage girls to form their opinions based on a proper understanding of relevant issues.”   …

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