The Perse School

Year 10 takes a moment to reflect

9 May 2014

This morning, technology teacher and Head of Year 10, Matthew Lim held a thought provoking assembly on the right to receive an education, touching upon the recent events in Nigeria and the inspirational story of Malala Yousafzai, the young girl from Pakistan who campaigns for girls’ education, and was the victim of an assassination attempt in 2012.

Although Malala’s story has a positive outcome, with her now acting as a global ambassador for girls’ education and a role model for many, Mr Lim urged the Year 10 pupils to take a step back from their daily concerns of exams and homework, and take a moment to think about the issues affecting young people in other countries, such as the girls who were recently abducted in Nigeria, who do not have the privilege of receiving an education in a safe and secure environment. He explained that we can often take for granted the values of safety, freedom and education, and it is important to look more widely to consider children who live in areas of the world where these values are not upheld.

After the assembly, pupils queued to sign a petition which will be sent to the Nigerian Embassy, urging the government to work to ensure the safe return of the abducted schoolgirls, to work towards a situation in which all children can access their right to education in safety, and to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of all Nigerians without discrimination.

This was a moving assembly, which no doubt encouraged Perse pupils to appreciate their own freedoms.

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