SUSOMAD


Stand up, Speak Out, Make a Difference


(SUSOMAD Peer Education Project - Academic Year 2014/2015)
Stand up, Speak out, Make a Difference is a peer education programme that was developed by the Diversity and Cohesion Service over 6 years ago. The projects evolves year on year by addressing those issues that young people find most important to them, around human rights, prejudice, discrimination, extremism, hate crime, and challenging intolerance. The focus of the peer education activities changes each year, depending on what those students involved want to stand up and speak out about. This year, the activities addressed the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, after students wanted to find out more about how this conflict in the Middle East began, and why it continues to impact on our community in Bradford. An integral part of the project utilises two exhibitions developed by the Anne Frank Trust UK. The project will encourage young people to engage in challenging issues and use their voices in constructive ways, promoting pupil voice.

The programme last year was one of our most effective, with very obvious impact on the behaviour of young people, increased confidence levels, the ability of young people to lead on meaningful yet controversial discussions, and resulting in staff being more able to deal with contentious issues that may arise.
Our boys got so much from being ambassadors, their self-esteem and confidence improved and they all feel that they achieved something from it. Some of our boys are becoming ambassadors for our school and we are promoting the Anne Frank Exhibition and anti-racism in the school by displaying the work that they completed. It is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to gain so many different achievements and I highly recommend it to other schools
Project lead, Aspire Centre Manager, St Bede’s Catholic School.
The programme utilises two exhibitions developed by the Anne Frank Trust UK, and continuing with the success of this work, we have decided to develop a third travelling exhibition, which will raise awareness of the last Genocide to take place on European soil, in Srebrenica July 1995.

Schools will be offered the opportunity to host both The Anne Frank: A History for Today exhibition as well as Remembering Srebrenica in school for a two week period during the autumn and winter term. These exhibitions will challenge the audience to find the contemporary relevance of the Holocaust and Srebrenica Genocide, allowing staff and students to see how racial and religious intolerance and hatred can begin, and the steps we can take to stop this from happening in the future. The learning that will take place will offer essential background information and provides the base for learning for Ambassadors before they commence their peer education work.
Previously, schools have invited their partner primary schools to visit the exhibitions to be guided around by their peer guides, forming one of the key activities for transition, as well as scheduling visits from other groups in school. Both have proved to be very effective for teaching and learning.

IMG_0217 (1024x683)A training day will be held for teaching staff and student peer guides to prepare them for the visiting exhibitions on their arrival. This training will provide vital historical background CPD for teachers and students, ensuring the peer guides have the skills and knowledge needed to guide others around the exhibitions.

Another element of the programme involves peer education training, which is delivered to students involved. Where young people will engage in challenging issues relating to the risks associated with extremism and radicalisation. They will be trained on how to use their voices constructively, through the delivery peer education activities. This has proved to be one of the most effective ways addressing controversial issues in the schools we have worked with previously on the programme.

Students will be then be trained as Ambassadors for The Anne Frank + (YOU!} exhibition – which uses Anne Frank’s story and excerpts from her diary as a tool to get young people thinking about current forms of prejudice and discrimination and develop their critical thinking skills. The exhibition addresses themes such as religious and racial hatred, radicalisation, religious and far right extremism, war and conflict and the value of democracy and freedom, which are presented in an approach that’s current and contemporary, along with filmed interviews from Bradford’s teenagers discussing their own views, concerns and hopes for the future. Students will guide and peer-educate other school groups and adult visitors around the exhibition, discussing the above themes.

The final element to the programme is the Student Ambassadors Awards Dinner and Civic Reception hosted by the Lord Mayor in recognition of their hard work and commitment to the project, and also as a celebration of their achievement.

 

We are inviting ten secondary schools once again to take part in the programme during the 2015-2016 academic year. As part of the programme schools receive:

  1. CPD training days for staff and students to support the delivery of the Remembering Srebrenica and History for Today travelling exhibitions in school
  2. Hire of both travelling exhibitions in school, each over a two-week period
  3. Peer education training for selected students, to prepare them to cascade knowledge and activities within school and to a partner school, in lessons / assemblies
  4. Ambassador training for students to prepare them for their guiding role during The Anne Frank + (YOU!} exhibition
  5. Two scheduled days for students ambassadors to guide during the AFU exhibition
  6. Awards dinner and civic reception for students and staff to showcase the hard work and progress made during the programme.

 

For more information about the programme, or if you would like to secure a place for your school please contact alina.khan@bradford.gov.uk Interim Head of Diversity and Cohesion.