• Councillor Andy Bowden (back row, second on the left) with St Augustine of Canterbury RC High School students - and Natalie and Nelson from the Anthony Walker Foundation

School welcomes foundation

As part of the school’s personal, social, health, economic education and citizenship programme (PSHEEC), members of the Anthony Walker Foundation were welcomed into St Augustine of Canterbury RC High School to speak to students about racism and hate crime.

The foundation has been providing young people across the North West with education and information regarding racism and hate crime for over 10 years since the racially- motivated murder of Anthony Walker in 2005.

Using the words of Anthony’s mother, Gee, foundation worker Natalie and volunteer Nelson spoke of Anthony, a devout Christian who dreamed of a peaceful world, to Year 9 students during an assembly.

A 30-minute film was then shown to demonstrate how racism can take many forms and its impact on those affected, assisting viewers to empathise how it feels to be discriminated.

Ms Barton, PSHEEC lead and co-ordinator at St Augustine of Canterbury RC High School, said: “We were honoured and very privileged to welcome members of the foundation to our school and hope that in the near future we can invite them back to speak to more students.”

John Au, partnerships and projects manager for the Anthony Walker Foundation, said: “The Anthony Walker Foundation is always pleased to respond to requests from schools asking for workshops to raise awareness among pupils and staff about the harm and impact caused by discrimination and racism”.

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