LORD ADEBOWALE APPEARS AT EASTBROOK SCHOOL

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LORD ADEBOWALE APPEARS AT EASTBROOK SCHOOL
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by Glenn Anderson from Dagenham GBR on 12 Mar 2012
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People’s peer visits Dagenham comprehensive as part of House of Lords outreach programme


Eastbrook School hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords on Friday to encourage students to engage more with the political and parliamentary process. Lord Adebowale met with GSCE and A Level students of History, Politics and Law for an hour to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords. The school council and ‘peace ambassadors’ were also involved in the question and answer session that followed – which discussed various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster generally.

Amir Nathan, Projects Co-ordinator at the school, said, “Lord Adebowale took a real interest in the students’ future and tried to involve everyone in his interactive talk. School council members felt privileged to be able to lunch with a peer of the realm.”

Anu Oladapo, A Year 11 student, summed up the talk: “His message was aspirational. You can achieve a lot if you work hard – just like he did.”

Praised for his work with the unemployed and homeless young people, Baron Victor Adebowale became one of the first people’s peers in 2001. He has also championed the need for better social housing.

The visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s “Peers in Schools” programme, which has been running across the UK since 2007 and has so far involved around 15,000 young people. This continuing outreach programme sends members of the House of Lords into schools and colleges across the country to give talks in support of the citizenship curriculum.
 

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