Children help the world go round

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Friday, 14th February 2020 — By Calum Fraser and Helen Chapman

Federica (mother) and Kereis Kerry, year 4

Federica with Year 4 pupil Kereis Kerry

Children, parents and teachers celebrated cultural differences and diversity at One World Day at Ambler Primary School in Finsbury Park with henna, face painting and a quiz.

The free event saw young people wearing national dress, with generous food contributions from their parents and carers showcasing the many nationalities and cultures within the Ambler community.

This year a new stall highlighted the Blackstock Road school’s ethos of dreams – pupils were encouraged to write down which language they dream in, writing the word dreams in another language on a cloud bubble.

Ambler parent Ramya with Lyla Kenyon

And a quiz on Ambler’s diversity and cultural reach had the pupils guessing how many languages are spoken in the school (41) and what is the second most commonly spoken language (Somali) . Attendees also enjoyed performances by the school choir and the African drumming workshop session.

Juliet Benis, headteacher, said: “Thank you to everyone who cooked, volunteered, celebrated and contributed to the success of our global celebration – One World Day.”

The event last month was sponsored by local private tutor business Mathematics and Science Tutors.

Welcome to our new Youth Council

Council leader Richard Watts and Mayor Rakhia Ismail with the newly elected members of Islington’s Youth Council

SPECIAL needs pupils have been elected to Islington’s Youth Council for the first time.

Catherine Browne and Husen Abdullahi, both students at the Samuel Rhodes School in Highbury New Park, will stand on the Youth Council for two years to “ensure that the voices of students with learning difficulties are represented”.

Islington’s young people went to the polls on February 3, with a record number casting their vote at Lift and Platform Youth Hubs. The overall turnout was 43.5 per cent and the turnout in schools reached 51.2 per cent. A record 39 candidates stood for election this time, with voting open to all Islington young people aged 11 to 17 who either live or go to school in the borough.

It was Honey Baker’s third election. She first stood and was elected to the Youth Council in 2016 and was chosen to be Young Mayor in 2018. She said she was “so happy to be elected again.”

Outgoing Young Mayor Lydia Banjo said: “It’s been excellent to be Young Mayor and part of the Youth Council. It has opened up so many opportunities that wouldn’t have been open to me. I wish the incoming Young Mayor and youth councillors good luck and say to them to have fun and enjoy it!”

Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz, Islington’s schools chief, said: “This has been an exciting election for everyone involved. I am delighted to see so many young people put themselves forward to represent their peers on issues that matter to them, and am equally pleased to see such a strong turnout. I look forward to working with the new Youth Council during the next two years.”

The results were announced on February 4 at Islington Assembly Hall.

The elected candidates are: Catherine Browne, Husen Abdullahi, Jessica Chukwu, Emmanuel Appiah-Kubi, Rosie Kurnaz, Muskan Khan, Melissa Williamson, Mariam Lawani, Honey Baker, Kacper Strek, Miriam Etuk, Juwaerat Ayanda, Simge Yilmaz and Salman Ayadi.

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