Year 9 students enjoy visit from human rights campaigner and author Sufiya Ahmed

What do you want?

When do you want it?

What better way to engage a group of our Year Nine students than with a workshop called “How to Campaign for What You Want”! Don’t worry parents and carers – it was about political issues not Xbox or pocket money allowances!

Sufiya Ahmed is a human rights campaigner and author. Having previously worked in the houses of parliament, she has great knowledge about which campaigns work and why. Students were enthralled with the ideas she gave, also allowing them to choose their own ideas, and they created some powerful campaigns for free sanitary products, animal rights, global warming, preventing plastic pollution and criminalising revenge porn. It was a delight to see them so engaged and passionate about their subjects. I think our future is safe in their hands.

Students were also given the opportunity to buy signed copies of her book “Secrets of the Henna Girl” – Zeba Khan is like any other sixteen-year-old girl: enjoying herself, waiting for exam results… and dreaming of the day she’ll meet her one true love. Except her parents have other plans. In Pakistan for the summer, Zeba’s world is shattered. Her future is threatened by an unthinkable – and forced – duty to protect her father’s honour.

Huge thanks to Jackie Severs from Libraries and Customer Services, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council who arranged and funded this event through “Crossing the Tees Book Festival”.