Leeds West Academy, Leeds City Academy and Leeds East Academy have collaborated with the Connect Justice group over the past twelve weeks. The aim of the programme is to promote racial harmony and prevent extremism and radicalisation from extremist organisations, by creating a trusting and respectful environment for our young people.
Mr Rafiq of Leeds East Academy said: "The amazing aspect of this project is how our students, representing the White Rose Academies Trust, come from different parts of Leeds and join together with the aim of building bridges. Together they have promoted respect, community cohesion as well as empathy, nurturing a sense of belonging which links to our appreciation of key British values."
Harnessing the experience and knowledge of an internationally respected team, Connect Justice provides independent expertise to a wide range of clients. Their unique approach combines academic excellence with extensive practitioner experience and is informed by our strong ethical framework and commitment to justice. The team's academic backgrounds include expertise in law, education, criminology, social anthropology, political science, and sociology, with practitioner experience in the fields of equalities, policing, security and peace-building.
The twelve-week programme concluded at Leeds East Academy with presentations from all students about their individual journeys, which included one story about a young boy's struggle in Aleppo, Syria and how he’s trying to make a future in Leeds.
Mr Rafiq added: "I was so impressed with the work that has been done so far. Listening to the children was a real eye-opener and I felt a real sense of pride as I witnessed a positive atmosphere of acceptance and support, which has developed each student’s confidence, as they see each other as equals and identify with each other’s individual journey."