Kate has nominated a group of students from Stretford High and Stretford Grammar schools for an award for their work helping refugee children.
Following a tough selection process, Ajai Singh, Danish Amin, Aimee Monaghan and Sania Muhammed from Stretford High and Lauryn Duncan-Rouse, Dylan Holden-Sim and Adeel Anwar from Stretford Grammar travelled to Dunkirk in July 2016, together with some of their teachers, to work in a refugee camp school.
While at Dunkirk, the students worked full time with the refugee children –doing everything from organising and throwing an Eid party to helping the children with their English, Maths and Art. The students also helped the children develop "soft skills" such as sharing, helping others and teamwork.
The work undertaken by the Stretford students was very challenging. The refugee children had very little experience of school and even sitting at a desk presented a challenge for them. However, the students maintained a calm professionalism throughout and were a credit to their schools and their communities.
On returning to the UK, the students addressed a Trafford Council meeting to let councillors and the Mayor know about the work they’d done and implored the local council officials to do their part in helping to alleviate the refugee crisis.
Kate was really impressed to hear about the students work and therefore nominated the students under the category ‘Most Inspirational Young Person’ for a 2017 Kids Count “Inspire the House” Award.
Kids Count is a grass-roots organisation aiming to find practical solutions to issues that affect children and young people.
The aim of the “Inspire the House” awards is to recognise those individuals and organisations that have quite literally inspired young people in their communities.
Kate said: “I’m really proud of the work of the students from Stretford High and Stretford Grammar Schools in Dunkirk. It’s great to be able to recognise their achievements by nominating them for this award – I’m keeping everything crossed that they’ll be successful.
“With so much division and uncertainty in the world today, the future of our community certainly seems bright when our young people take such positive action helping others.”
Hearing about the nomination, Aimee Monaghan, one of the Stretford High School students involved in the project said, “It is an honour to be nominated in recognition of the work we did in Dunkirk with the young refugees.
“It was an eye opening experience for all of the students and teachers involved and one that I will never forget."