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Launch of a book on superheroes to advocate for diversity and inclusion in school curricula

Writing on the Wall (WoW) has launched a new book in direct response to the lack of diversity in the curriculum literature.

Their book (Super Heroes: Diverse Stories for a Diverse World) aims to defend a diverse and inclusive representation through their project Super Heroes: Words are our Power.

The project, now in its third year of implementation, aims to build confidence, resilience and agency among all young people in Liverpool.

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The book was launched in eight primary schools in Toxteth and across town: St. Michael & All Angels Elementary School.

Other primary schools in the launch are; Broad Square, Banks Road, St Cleopas, Blackmoor Park Junior School, Leamington, Springwood Heath and Holy Cross Catholic Primary.

Super Heroes: Diverse Stories for a Diverse World was made possible after WoW teamed up with nationally renowned writers such as; Amina Atiq, Yvonne Battle-Felton, Ashleigh Nugent, Helen Dring-Turner, Nathan Powell, Alex Swan, Katie and Kevin Tsang, Alan Gibbons, Cheryl Martin, Marie Basting, Jon Mayhew, Emme Lathan and Claire L. Heuchan.

WoW Co-Directors Madeline Heneghan and Mike Morris said, “In all aspects of their lives, children live in a diverse world.

“However, this diversity is not reflected in their reading material. It is essential that books reflect the world we live in to promote a healthier mindset, challenge racism and celebrate diversity.”

When it comes to representation in literature, the Center for Literacy in Primary Education found that only 7% of children’s books published in the UK between 2017 and 2019 featured characters of color.

Superhero book launch

Stephanie Leech, a teacher at Leamington Community Elementary School, said: Seeing heroes from all walks of life is essential for all readers. To have heroes and main characters in the books, they can relate to (in) accent, ethnicity, origins, and even hair.

“We want to inspire our children to write compelling stories and children with English as an additional language to use their mother tongue speech in the stories and to use their culture and traditions to inspire the characters.”

Writer Ashleigh Nugent said: “At school, no one in the books looked like me, nor the authors. Everyone was white, equally able-bodied. Neurodiversity and special educational needs were never discussed.

“It creates the illusion that only white, able-bodied people matter (and) they alone have had an impact on the world.

“This is nonsense. Now is the time to move on. Superheroes help kids feel proud of anything that makes them above average, to understand the importance of diversity and to be passionate about the power of words “.

Amina Atiq, designer and educator said: “I was passionate about literature and language. However, I have experienced reading stories where you cannot hear or see each other which isolates you.

“It is more than ever important that our children live diverse stories that represent them and their environment. As a creative educator and writer, I am delighted to see our children read stories and poetry written by various writers from all over Liverpool ”.

A fifth grader at Leamington Community Elementary School said, “It taught me that instead of judging someone for their appearance … look deep inside yourself and see what power they have. have and how talented they are. “

A fifth grade student from Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School said, “I think the book is important because it shows how unique and different we are from others. It is not a crime if you are different. It is better if you are different from others.

Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson said: “A powerful celebration of diversity and a reflection of the richness it creates in our region.

“Each story contains subtle but deep messages, encouraging children to question their perceptions and think more broadly about the world. I know that anyone who reads these stories will take away valuable ideas and lessons – and even might. come to recognize their own special superpowers! “

The book will be the culmination of four years of work in many Liverpool schools and the anthology contains stories, poems and illustrations promoting diversity, inclusion and celebration of our different identities.

The overall objective is to change the narrative around representation in literature and to offer new and diverse characters to all children.

Super Heroes: Words are our Power is a four-year (2019 – 2022) project, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s More and Better Fund, exploring new creative writing strategies for elementary schools.

Using the superhero characters as a force for change, they help children use their imaginations through creative writing, play, and storytelling, while helping teachers bring creativity back into the curriculum.

The book will be available to the general public in January 2022 and for more information visit the Writing on the Wall website.

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Lauren Goodger calls for a change in the school curriculum to teach children to “pay the bills and buy property”

Lauren Goodger called for a change in the curriculum as she discussed the lack of life lessons being taught in school.

The 35-year-old reality TV personality shared a few paragraphs of her story on Instagram as she expressed frustration with things learned in education that “we’ll never need or use later in life.” .

New mom Lauren welcomed her adorable baby girl Larose into the world in July – the first child of her boyfriend Charles Drury together.

The former TOWIE star has taken motherhood in her wake and regularly updates her followers on her daily activities.

Boasting 789,000 Instagram fans, the brunette beauty frequently takes to her Instagram stories for a chat, sharing her latest thoughts with her beloved fans.

Lauren and her partner Charles with their daughter Larose

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And earlier today, Lauren touched on the differences she thinks it would make taking kids out of education so that they fully understand things like ‘paying bills, buying property, and so on. “

The astonishing star criticized the current program, explaining that the lack of education around certain topics means that “we parents also have to do homeschooling”, and that sometimes it is not possible for all parents to do so.

Lauren – who recently celebrated her 35th birthday with a surprise party at her and Charles’s house – wrote a long post on Instagram Stories to open a discussion with her followers.

The reality TV veteran wrote: “Just a thought that we are learning things in school that we will never need or use later in life.

“But learn about money, business, health, mental health, independence, paying bills, buying property, etc.”

Lauren shared her thoughts on Instagram
Lauren shared her thoughts on Instagram

She continued, “What a difference it would make to leave education and fully understand all of the above because we have studied it and were a part of life.

“Just interesting how we don’t learn the real world everyday life lessons and the things we need to do.”

Lauren then shared her thoughts on children receiving sex education classes in school, writing: “But I heard that 8 year olds are now learning sex education – it’s a change that has taken place. been done recently, they have lowered the age and it is certainly not necessary! “

She concluded: “It just means that we parents also have to home school to teach them some important things and not all parents can (understand) or have time to do this. “

Lauren and Charles smiling with newborn baby Larose
Lauren and Charles smiling with newborn baby Larose

The mom-of-one added a poll to the written post, asking fans for their opinions.

Lauren asked, “Are you okay … Need to learn different things about preparing for life when you leave school?” “

Currently, around 94% of Lauren’s followers agree with her thoughts, which echo recent stories posted by influencer Molly Mae.

The 22-year-old former Love Island star and new Creative Director of Pretty Little Thing has been on the hunt for accommodation, but recently expressed stress over not fully understanding the ins and outs of buying a home. ‘a property.

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