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Thurrock pupils tackle extremism with innovative project

INSPIRED: Thurrock students

SCHOOLS IN Thurrock launched a ground-breaking project to tackle extremism as part of the Think Global Diversity Champions (DC) project.

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 innvoative 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.

Cllr Tunde Ojetola said “I am honoured to be a DC Global Ambassador for this very important project given recent international events.”

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.

Dr Sophina Asong, Chief Executive Officer of the Ortu Federation which sponsors Hassenbrook Academy said “this project is critically important given the global challenges facing communities around extremism. DC schools work together, by extending learning beyond the classroom. The DC programme creates global citizens and young leaders, who are prepared to meet various global challenges”.

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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