Islington school featured in short film series for its peacebuilding efforts
- Credit: Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School
An Islington School has been featured in a series of short films showcasing the importance of peace education.
Islington’s Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School (EGAS) on Donegal Street is the first of six schools to feature in a series of short films created by faith group Quakers in Britain to showcase the power of peace education.
Quakers are people who belong to a type of Christianity which is dedicated to pacifism and non-violence.
Headteacher of EGAS, Sarah Beagley, believes peacebuilding workshops are "vital".
She says in the film: "[Our students] do live in communities where they deal with violence, they deal with racism.
“We set out to say that in this school, in this place, and this community something will be different."
Film-makers visited EGAS in Autumn 2021, while the school was running workshops exploring identity.
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Another lesson examined the persecution of Uighurs in China, after students expressed their concern.
"Schools shouldn’t be afraid of talking about war and peacebuilding,’ said Isabel Cartwright, Peace Education Manager at Quakers in Britain.
Ms Cartwright said the organisation was drawn to the school because it is "constantly working to empower" students.