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Posted on: 11/11/2019

Anti Bullying Presentations at EGA

As part of our commitment to being a non-violent school, Year 7 students participated in an anti-bullying presentation in their half of the year group last week. This was delivered by Heather Vaccianna, Islington's Anti-Bullying Coordinator & Domestic Violence Prevention Officer. It is National Anti-Bullying Week this week and Heather spoke about the theme this year which is, 'Change Starts With Us.' Year 7s developed their awareness and understanding of the wider occurrence and effects of bullying, for children and adults alike. It was particularly poignant when she asked girls what education and careers they wanted to pursue in the future. After a multitude of professions were mentioned, she referred to Malala Yousafzai's experience as a young girl in Pakistan who demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education, something forbidden in areas under Taliban control. For her activism, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived and went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, the youngest ever winner of this award. Heather also referred to the climate activist and leader, Greta Thunberg, and how she has experienced online bullying because of her autism. Like Malala, Greta has stood up to the bullies to continue her hugely urgent work. It is significant that these two young world leaders are women.