Bootham School students received commendation awards signed by Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for International Development, in recognition of reaching the shortlist in a National competition focused on the UN Millennium Goals, called ‘Share the Future’. The group of students from the independent Quaker School assessed the progress being made on the Millennium Development Goals and, in a five minute film, presented their findings along with recommendations for 2015 and beyond. Head of Geography at Bootham, Dr Liz Brown, explained, “They did an incredible job and all in their own time. Their submission focused on the ‘linchpin’ effect of women’s health and gender issues coupled with the need, as they said, to put humanity into the heart of industry. The submission predicted, in a sadly prophetic way, the tragedy of the collapsed garment factory in Bangladesh which focused the World, momentarily, on the reality of cheap clothes and mass consumerism.”
Karen Barnes, one of the competitions organisers, said, “The (Bootham) entry was really first class. They should be very proud of their efforts.”
Bootham School has been named as Oxfam’s lead school in the north of England to promote their Global Citizenship initiative. “Human rights and global responsibilities are at the core of Bootham’s educational philosophy.” Explained Jonathan Taylor, Headmaster, “Yes, Bootham
students know they are in a privileged environment, but we take that privilege very seriously as an opportunity to educate children to change the World for the better.”
The students involved were: Flora Bowen, Theo Livingston, Oliver McGregor, Emily Smith and Harriet Thompson, who are all in Year 10.
The link to the students’ film: http://youtu.be/utq3OsqwFTI