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Liverpool Alsop High School welcomes the Foundation

October 6, 2015 | Nick Taylor

Alsop High School, Liverpool, welcomed the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace to launch a multimedia education resource that provides an innovative approach to tackle extremism that leads some people to violence and terrorism.

A group of year nine students attended workshops focused around a documentary film which shared the story of four former extremists. The film explored the motivations these people had to become involved in violent conflict, the consequences of their actions and their departure from the group that brought them to the brink.

The project called, My Former Life, took students through a journey of understanding and learning about the causes and effects of violent extremism. Ultimately, the ideologically driven stories, that violent extremists perpetrate, is undermined by the powerful film that aims to show that violence and the chosen group didn’t solve anything.

Alsop is the largest secondary school in the city, with well over 1700 students on roll including over 300 in the 6th Form.

Jemma Buntin, the Foundation’s Project Manager commented:

“Many thanks to Alsop High School for allowing the Foundation for Peace to deliver our ‘My Former Life’ workshops.

“Alsop students were a credit to the school responding to the challenging subject matter with curiosity and maturity. They were a pleasure to work with and I wanted to pass on my congratulations to all those students involved.”

Joe Mangan, Headteacher at Alsop High School said:

“It was a privilege for Alsop to welcome the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace to our school. It encouraged our students to learn lessons from violent conflict and to consider where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead.”

The Foundation for Peace is well known for its work assisting victims of terrorism to cope and recover and in educating young people to resolve conflict without resorting to violence.

Now the charity has turned its attention to those people who are former extremists and has challenged them to share their experiences to prevent others from following the same path.

For further information contact jemma.buntin@foundation4peace.org or for photographs please telephone 0151 235 1200 or email office@alsophigh.org.uk