On 21st April, Bradford Academy hosted its first ever Peace Jam Slam with the theme of challenging “isms”. The event, led by Mr Mir, was about empowering young people to make a lasting change to the community.
PeaceJam was launched in 1996 by Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff. It is an education programme led by Nobel Peace Laureates working personally with young people to pass on their spirit, skills, and wisdom to tackle issues ranging from violence, racism, problem-solving and conflict resolution.
Bradford Academy welcomed Rehmah Kasule, who is currently completing an MA in peace studies and international development at the University of Bradford. Rehmah is from Uganda, where she runs a youth empowerment NGO focusing on girls, for which she was awarded a Peace Laureate prize by the Islamic Development Bank.
As part of the Peace Jam Slam event, four workshops took place to educate young people about various injustices related to the “challenging isms” theme. The workshops were about speaking up against sexism; challenging racism through rap and spoken word; challenging racism through graffiti art; and the longest hatred, which tackled historical and modern anti-Semitism.
The conference aimed to inspire young people to make the change they wanted to see in the world. Within school, a number of learners are already doing this as part of Team Theology. They want to introduce recycling to reduce the amount of waste produced by the school, which has negative consequences to the environment. This was celebrated at the event and is part of Peace Jam’s wider Billion Acts of Peace project.
This event was organised by students of Bradford Academy, and due to its success, we hope to repeat it next year, so watch this space.