On 28th September, Naz Legacy Foundation hosted its first Diversity Day of the 2021/2022 academic year. Our first event was a virtual one alongside the London Metropolitan Police as part of National Inclusion Week with over eighty students from schools across London
The session provided a space for a diverse group of young people to interact with members of the police and have open and honest discussions about their views and experiences of the Met Police, as well as providing them with positive diverse role models and learning about career opportunities.
The pupils completed a pre-session activity where they shared their perceptions of the Met Police and what they would change about it if they were given the chance – these ideas were then discussed at the beginning of the session with Commander Catherine Roper, from the Crime Prevention, Inclusion & Engagement team. The diversity day also included a session on Hate Crime, explaining what it is and how to report it.
On 25th March 2021, the Naz Legacy Foundation held a Diversity Day in partnership with the EY Muslim Community. The event, which was
attended by over 130 school students, provided an opportunity for young
people learn top tips on how to kickstart their careers & hear how diverse EY employees have broken barriers and championed resilience, including EY Partner Arun Batra OBE who leads EY’s market facing
Culture, Diversity and Inclusion practice.
The students had a presentation introducing them to EY and what they offer. The students were then lucky enough to engage in a live Q&A panel with a diverse range of EY employees.
We thank EY Muslim Community for all their brilliant presentations and Q&As with our students.
On 21 January 2021, the Naz Legacy Foundation held a virtual UK Parliament Diversity Day with over 200 students from five schools. Students received an ‘Introduction to Parliament’ workshop led by the UK Parliament Education Team. Students spoke about freedom of speech, our rights, power and equality as being essential components of our democracy.
They also got the chance to speak to their local MP about issues that mattered to them. We were lucky to be joined by Stella Creasy (MP for Walthamstow) and Wes Streeting (MP for Ilford North and Shadow Minister for Schools). Here are some of the students’ great ideas about improvements that could be made to our society:
· Schools to provide healthy food to students so we can reduce the sick people in hospitals to save the NHS money
· It should be easier for jobless people to get a job easily
· The legal age of voting should be 16
· University fees should be cheaper for people who can’t afford it
· Homeless people should be taken into mind more
· Better ways of learning & change in education system
We look forward to delivering more sessions virtually to students this term and providing more outlets for young people to make their voices heard.