Hasmonean High School, Islamia Girls’ School and UCL Academy come together for inter-faith programme

An empowerment programme has brought together teenage girls from Muslim, Jewish and Christian backgr

An empowerment programme has brought together teenage girls from Muslim, Jewish and Christian backgrounds in London. - Credit: Archant

Students from different backgrounds have been brought together in a programme designed to empower teenage girls.

An empowerment programme has brought together teenage girls from Muslim, Jewish and Christian backgr

An empowerment programme has brought together teenage girls from Muslim, Jewish and Christian backgrounds in London. - Credit: Archant

Since January Jewish community centre JW3 has hosted an inter-faith programming with female students in year 10 at Hasmonean Girls School, Islamia Girls School and UCL Academy.

Culminating in a celebration evening last week, the project has united the students from different faiths to explore themes including leadership, community and social impact.

The evening featured a short film highlighting the work of the project, a spoken work performance by the participants and a speech by Onjali Rauf, founder and chief executive of human rights charity Making Herstory.

JW3 youth programmer Anna Braybrooke – who came up with the project – said: “We discovered a lot about what brought the participants together, unfortunately, anxieties about body image and school pressure are widespread and a problem that teenagers from all sorts of backgrounds face. Feelings of low self-esteem and stress about school were shared by many of the participants.

An empowerment programme has brought together teenage girls from Muslim, Jewish and Christian backgr

An empowerment programme has brought together teenage girls from Muslim, Jewish and Christian backgrounds in London. - Credit: Archant


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“We did a variety of hands-on workshops throughout the project including a cooking workshop where the students talked about family recipes and a weaving session where having a physical activity to do whilst sitting together meant that the conversations flowed naturally amongst the different students.”

Guests for last week’s event included students, project leaders, teachers, friends and family.

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