Thurrock Pupils Tackle Extremism With Innovative Project

The Voice reports that Think Global Diversity Champions (DC) is a global education programme developed in partnership with schools. The DC programme brings a global perspective into education – teaching young people about sustainability, tackling extremism, human rights and world issues.

A group of 17 students from William Edwards and Hassenbrook Academy took part in this innovative project which was based on a trip to New York, USA from September 4-10. Students explored the impact of 9/11 and learnt lessons on how to prevent extremism and radicalisation.

As part of this project DC Global Ambassador (Mayor of Thurrock) Cllr Tunde Ojetola, accompanied the group to visit the international affairs office of the Mayor of New York to meet with senior officials and host a round table discussion with students from both schools on 9/11 and the global challenges since.

Steve Munday Chief Executive of SWECET, the Education Trust that runs William Edwards School said: “This programme is ground breaking and designed as a tool for schools and agencies to develop links with other organisations internationally, encouraging young people to become active citizens, ready to play a role in the diverse global society of today”.

The DC programme is developed by Learning Workz in partnership with schools across the UK. As part of the 2017 project, students visited the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and explored themes linked to democracy and freedom. The group met with survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and visited the United Nations.

A DC presentation ceremony will take place on Monday 25 September where participating pupils will showcase their learning from the project, supported by a video of their experience and journey. The presentation will include a preview of the 2018 DC programme which will be open to all secondary schools in Thurrock.

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  1. Anonymous

    My daughter was lucky enough to be a part of this trip and I think it is a unique way to give pupils a personal insight into topics such as extremism and diversity. To personally meet with those affected by acts of terror – who are not just surviving, but showing stength, compassion and forgiveness – teaches far more than can be taught in a classroom alone. The chance to discuss in depth the meaning behind monuments they saw and not just tour the city made this far more meaningful than just a school trip to New York. I believe it could help tackle extremism if more students were able to participate with such projects, and help with funding was given in schools in poorer areas of the country to make such trips accessible to all.

  2. Anonymous

    This project is amazing given recent terrorist attacks, it is so very important that students learn about these current issues and gain a global understanding of world issues not just from a text book but from real life experiences. This project should be mandatory for every child in every secondary school in the UK. So impressive to see schools being innovative and Thinking outside the box. These schools should be given extra funding and support to roll out this project to all students. First time I have been impressed with the work in schools for many years.

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