Group of 38 students who took part in the Agents for Change Islamophobia project, on stage

Press Release: Agents for Change, Islamophobia Celebration Event

On Tuesday 1st May 37 young people from seven Tower Hamlets schools (Green Spring Academy, London Islamic School, Swanlea School, Morpeth School, St John’s Primary, St Paul’s Primary and Globe Primary School) took to the stage in front of an invited audience of 200 people at Rich Mix in Shoreditch for a celebration of their achievements as part of our ‘Agents for Change: Islamophobia’ project. The young people were showcasing the work that they had undertaken with EqualiTeach to produce films and educational resources to educate others about the harm of Islamophobia.

Two students on stage delivering a speech

Several of the young people delivered speeches about their time on the project and the difference that it had made to them and their schools before being presented with awards as ‘Agents for Change’

‘Judging a person does not define who they are, it defines who you are. Blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter. By working together to stop Islamophobia, as well as any other form of discrimination, we can improve our world.’ Samia and Tanaaz, Agents for Change from Swanlea School.

The audience then had the delight of witnessing the premier of the two films that the young people produced as part of the programme. You can view both of the films, and download the educational resource ‘Faith in Us: Educating Young People on Islamophobia’ here: www.equaliteach.co.uk/faith-in-us

Two primary school students delivering a speech

EqualiTeach’s Cofounder, Sarah Soyei, said:

“Working with the young Agents for Change has been inspirational. Many of them have experienced Islamophobia and all of them are passionate about making a difference for others. They have produced some truly fantastic films and resources, which will be of great help in reducing Islamophobia and ensuring that schools are places where everyone feels safe and able to achieve ”

The hashtag for the event was #FaithInUsLaunch

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