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Youth Achievement Awards 2011 - Stepney Schools Partnership Part 1
Written by David Wills
Sunday, July 17, 2011
House of Lords, 13th July 2011
In the second of the Youth Achievement Awards many inspiring stories were shared about how young people had become a role model to their peers, led a campaign, or improved the communities they live in. Members of Parliament, Lord Tarsem King, Baroness Oona King and Baroness Sandip Verma took the time from their busy schedules to present the Youth Achievement Awards in what was a unique opportunity to hear the great activities and reward these valuable accomplishments of our youth today.
Six families from the Stepney Partnership of schools in Tower Hamlets received the Youth Achievement Award for the impact their great work has had on their children’s learning and in the wider community. The Youth Achievement Awards was a good platform for the schools to encourage exemplary students and their families to continue their good work. (Stepney Schools event report here.) Ben Yeo, the coordinator of the Partnership of Schools, (photo above centre) introduced the families one by one.
‘Big congratulations to six Stepney Partnership families who won an important national award at the House or Lords last night. The families received their award for the huge impact that parents/carers have had on their children’s learning and the wider community. The Youth Achievement Awards were organised by the Universal Peace Federation and included inspiring stories from young people across the UK.
We had a real adventure which started with a boat trip from Tower Bridge to Westminster. Families then received their awards from Lord King. Finally, and with huge excitement from the families, we had a special tour of the House of Commons from Rushanara Ali (MP for Bethnal Green and Bow). Rushanara was very proud of the families, and we are all very grateful for the time she spent talking to children and parents.’