The Diana Award is a charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. Since 1999, over 48,000 young people have been recognised with a Diana Award for making an outstanding difference in their communities across the globe. With the support of HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry, The Diana Award aims to foster, develop and inspire positive change in the lives young people.
In October 2019, we were fortunate enough as an Academy to be given the opportunity to work with The Diana Award to help create Anti-Bullying Ambassadors within school. A number of our student leaders had applied for the position, each demonstrating an extraordinary aspiration and desire to support other students around them. The students attended a training day held by the Diana Award and were accompanied to the event by Mr Wingate and Mrs Bramley who stated that the students were a credit to the Academy. The students involved are eager to develop their roles across both the Academy and our communities.
Ahmad, a Year 11 Student Leader and Anti-Bullying Ambassador shared his experiences of the day.
“As young adults, we are taught to inform responsible adults when witnessing someone being bullied but are never taught how to be more responsible ourselves. Well, that is one of the main aims of the Anti-Bullying program, ran by ‘The Diana Award’, to teach young people that we are responsible for each other and their safety. The program offered an in-depth study of what bullying is, the types of bullying, the damaging effects of bullying and how to tackle bullying. Throughout our experience of the anti-bullying training, we were taught how we can resolve the issue of bullying as a community but also recognised that this can only happen if this lifesaving knowledge is spread throughout our society. The program was an eye-opener to all the students who attended as it emphasised on the everlasting, physical, psychological and emotional scars that bullying leaves behind. We engaged in a series of activities during the day, where the information was taught in a more exciting approach. These included complementing students from other schools, whom we had never met before, planning how our school can adapt to be more effective in matters of tackling bullying and taking part in quizzes, which revealed staggering statistics of the damage bullying causes within our community, regardless of someone’s position. While taking part in the activities, we realised the futility of bullying, recognising how we are far more united and have far more in common than things that divide us.”
Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors are easily recognisable in school as they will be wearing their green “The Diana Award” lapel pin. They are working hard with staff and other students in school to develop further ways to help put an end to bullying.
If you would like to know more about “The Diana Award” please visit their website.