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Students in Manchester tackle discrimination for anti-bullying week….reports Asian Lite News

indians studentsTo kick off national anti-bullying week (14-18 November), students from Greater Manchester have taken part in thought-provoking workshops to help tackle discrimination and bullying. The workshops are being delivered by award-winning arts company, Art with Heart, thanks to funding from Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd, who dropped in to see a workshop being delivered in Blackley, Manchester.

Tony said: “Today’s bullying is tomorrow’s hate crime. Exploring issues of equality, discrimination and tolerance is vital if we’re to help future generations build relationships built on tolerance, understanding and mutual respect.

“This project is one of many I’ve funded across Greater Manchester, all different and each designed to help build safer communities and reduce demand on local policing services. We’re evaluating another round of applications right now and a new round of funding will be announced soon – so I hope people will come forward with their ideas.”

Art with Heart’s Rachel Moorhouse said: “We do a huge amount of work with young people and see the devastating impact that bullying has on their health, behaviour and self-esteem.

“Our workshops will offer young people the freedom and opportunity to explore what discrimination and equality mean, who they are, what they want their world to look like and how to make change happen.”

Art with Heart have been working with students across Greater Manchester, including those from Stockport School, Co-operative Academy in Blackley, and UTC@MediaCityUK in Salford.

The workshops have been informed by recent research carried out by anti-bullying charity, Ditch The Label, which shows that over 1.5 million children have been bullied in the last year, with just under 150,000 being bullied every single day.

Art with Heart tackle difficult subjects with honesty, warmth and hope. Since 2010, the company have produced numerous theatre productions and arts projects, receiving national attention when gender equality project 100 Deeds featured on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour and BBC News. Their work with local communities led to a nomination for ‘Community Organisation of the Year’ at the 2016 LGBT Foundation Hero Awards.

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  1. It is a great initiative by art with heart to tackle bullying and avoid discrimination which is popular in society. This is not an issue found only in UK but prevailing in most countries, I believe. I really agree with Mr.Tony Lloyd’s statement that today’s bullying is tomorrow’s hate crime. Bullying and discrimination should get away from the earlier days of one’s life, otherwise it will grow into a social evil. This initiative by Art with Heart is a model to be followed in other countries as many developing countries always underestimate the problems created by bullying and discrimination. Need of equality and honesty must be passed on to younger generation as they should aware how it will recast the social structure.

  2. Many of the teenagers are bullied and abused which leads them to anxiety and depression. Young ones are most of the time unaware at the state of being bullied. Any changes in their behaviour should be keenly noticed by parents. Children can become violent too. They may even switch on to drug usage if not guided properly.
    More of proper steps should be taken to keep a check on the tortures done on the little ones. and let the elders be responsible and see to it that such activities by the peers do not affect the youngsters.

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