On Tuesday 27th June, nine S6 Mentors in Violence Prevention were invited to a Media Launch of Edinburgh Council’s new Transport Charter at Haymarket Station. The Charter aims to encourage members of the public to report any incidents of Hate Crime on public transport, and adopt a “Don’t Be a Bystander” approach. This is very much at the heart of MVP and why the Council was so keen for our students to be involved, as Currie High School is currently at the forefront of a pilot which aims to tackle all forms of prejudice. Attending the event were Minister for Transport Humza Yousuf and Councillor Lesley McInnes, along with a variety of members of the press.
Both the Minister for Transport and Councillor McInnes spoke with our students at length, and reported how impressed they were with their ability to articulate the message of the MVP programme and how important they feel education is in the fight against prejudice. Our students were then interviewed by Capital Radio and the Evening News. Reports later appeared on the Edinburgh Reporter, Edinburgh Trams and Evening News websites, featuring a range of photographs of our excellent MVPs. A full article was then published in the Evening News on Wednesday.
Currie Community Council Chairman, Allister McKillop, felt that the students: “could not have made a better showing” and “did Currie and the school proud.” Wendy Henderson, who heads the Council’s Hate Crime focus, commented that: “Currie High School’s contribution was extremely welcomed and well received.” I certainly felt privileged to be accompanying such open-minded and socially responsible young people.
For further information, here is the link to the website article in the Evening News:
Donna Jordan, Chartered Teacher for Leadership and Equality