Nationally recognised human rights campaigner visits The Dukeries Academy
Human rights campaigner visits The Dukeries Academy
The Dukeries Academy was fortunate to be able to host a nationally recognised human rights campaigner last month.
The ATT academy in New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire has delivered PSHE lessons and RE lessons discussing issues that young people face across the UK. The visit took place as part of their aim to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain.
Aneeta is the Founder of Freedom Charity, a charity dedicated in giving support to victims of forced marriage and violence upon women thought to have brought dishonour on the family. She is known for her work fighting injustices such as forced marriage, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), slavery and other forms of torture and oppression worldwide.
Aneeta was instrumental in changing government policy on forced marriage and ensuring that forced marriage was made a criminal offence in June 2014. Her novel, “But It’s Not Fair”, tackles the issue of forced marriage.
Aneeta spoke to pupils at The Dukeries about the different cultures in the UK that encounter forced marriage, how to recognise the signs of forced marriage and challenged pupils’ thinking about family life and relationships.
Pupils all received a copy of Aneeta’s book and were keen to have it signed and to ask Aneeta questions.
Aneeta commented on her visit “The pupils were really excellent and wanted to know how they could ‘save a life’. I hope if any pupils came across any type of abuse they would feel they were confident to report it. Doing nothing is not an option.”
Daniel McGill, the head of Religious Education at The Dukeries Academy, added “Raising awareness of such an important issue like forced marriage is absolutely vital for our pupils.
“This information enabled pupils to not only understand how this can affect people in today’s world, but also what they can do to help stop it.
“Pupil feedback has confirmed how informative and thought-provoking they found Aneeta’s presentation.”
The pupils also had many positive comments about the visit. Georgia in year 9 said “It was valuable and interesting. We now know how to help someone in this situation and recognise the signs of people forced into marriage.”
Aimee, also in year 9, added “It was interesting to learn about other people’s experiences and what to do to help.”