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Brave Young Souls receive Diana Award

Grange Technology College is delighted to announce a group of students have been honoured in this years Diana Awards. 

Sixth Form students Samirah Khan, Hanna Ali, Ayesha Ayoob and Amani Akhter are the founder members of Brave Young Souls, a group of young social activists.  The students were joined by family members, teachers Miss Barker and Miss Hunt and Southfield Grange Chief Executive, Dominic Wall to collect the award at the INSPIRE Leeds event on Wednesday 13th July at Leeds College of Music.  The internationally recognised award falls within the Diana Active Campaigner category for the Yorkshire and Humber region. 

Brave Young Souls: Amani Akhter, Hanna Ali, Ayesha Ayoob and Samirah Khan

Brave Young Souls received the award in recognition of their social activism which has raised awareness, both at Grange Technology College and in their local community of issues particular to women and girls, and of issues around equality for all; in particular focusing on rights for members of the LGBT community. As a result of this work, students and others are more mindful about how they speak and act towards all people and several events have been held (organised by the group) such as a vigil for the victims of the Orlando shootings to promote equality and solidarity.  The group have supported the school’s efforts as a Stonewall Champion school and participated in planning for the upcoming WOW Bradford (Women of the World) Festival which is to be held in the city this November.  They also feature regularly in whole school announcements which contribute to the pastoral curriculum to raise awareness of local and international equality issues.  Their efforts have improved the lives of many within the school and in turn create a positive effect throughout the community.

Miss Hunt (left) and Miss Barker (centre) with Brave Young Souls
Miss Hunt and Miss Barker with Brave Young Souls

Sally Barker, one of the teachers who has led the group said: “These remarkable young people have been truly brave in standing up for their beliefs and are extremely passionate about promoting equality not only in the school, but in future across the city as the founding members of what will hopefully be a bigger and even braver network of passionate and caring young activists.”  Regarding the future of Brave Young Souls, she added:  “We want this project to grow and are reaching out to other likeminded teachers and students to get in touch and join.”

Dominic Wall, Chief Executive of The Southfield Grange Trust said: “This group’s commitment and determination to raising awareness of issues faced by minority groups and promoting equality for all is an inspiration to us all.  We are very proud of their achievements and look forward to following the future of Brave Young Souls.”

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The Award received coverage in the local press and you can read the article here.