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Welcome to Dr Erinma Bell

18th May 2019

Welcome to Dr Erinma Bell

In April, we were humbled with the visit of Dr Erinma Bell, a British born Nigerian, the CEO of her own formidable charity known as CARISMA – Community Alliance for Renewal Inner South Manchester Area. Dr Bell employs methods that offer profound solutions to those who seek to promote social cohesion within their communities to bring about peace. 'The perpetuation of evil happens when good people do nothing.' Edmund Burke  Erinma created a comfortable environment for a Religious Studies A-level class to explore their curiosity on problematic aspects of society that are often considered a taboo in the media. The class learned that peace was not about the lack of conflict but more about the courage of a community to address the endless challenges faced as a societal unit. Erinma educated the young people on how to confront destructive conflict and transform it into constructive conflict. Dr Bell’s impact has earned her the honour of being the first and only woman to have her statue erected in the Manchester Town Hall as a tribute to her work to reduce gun and gang crime in Manchester. Her successful strategy has enabled a 92% decrease in gun and gang crime in the area, and Erinma tirelessly continues to fight for the cause, focussing her work upon issues such as Restorative Justice, Peace and Conflict Resolution as well as Peace Making, Peace Building and Peace Keeping. Whilst serving as Deputy Lieutenant of County of Greater Manchester as a representative to Her Majesty the Queen, due to her passion for community peace which has seen her travel widely to share her stories and experiences with others seeking peace in countries across the world. We would like to thank Dr Bell for taking the time to talk to us and the inspiration that she provided. It is easy to decide to step back from society and not try to make a change for peace, because what can one single voice achieve? Dr Bell inspired otherwise. Her story teaches that one voice can make a change because one voice inspires more voices and in turn, social change for peace can occur. Her motto of being ‘non-PC’ really changed how I view discussions regarding cultural differences and the different lifestyles adopted in our society. She highlighted that asking questions that many feel stupid asking doesn’t show your lack of knowledge of a culture but is an important aspect of building bridges in communities. Therefore, we should take time to understand one another in order to take steps towards peace together!

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LGGS Student Wins National Photography Competition

26th Apr 2019

LGGS Student Wins National Photography Competition

An image by a Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School pupil has beaten hundreds of other entries to claim the Overall Winner prize in a prestigious national photographic competition. The annual competition, this year entitled Better Lives, is organised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and aims to get 14 to 18-year-olds to explore creatively the relevance of social science to society. Congratulations to Annwen Butler-Chattell, who was awarded the top prize of £200 in vouchers and the Overall Winner trophy, as well as claiming a further £150 in vouchers and a trophy for winning the Better Relationships category, at a special ceremony at the Espacio Gallery in London on March 26. Her black-and-white photograph, Sandy Grins, shows her nephew and niece playing together in the sand at Lytham Beach. Annwen says: “Every second and every aspect of a child's life is important. As a child grows, the relationships which they form shape and mould them into the person they become. The people they grow up with will have significant roles in their life – when these people are supportive, it will positively influence on the rest of the child's upbringing.” David Green, Head of Year at Lancaster Girls' Grammar School, says: “The school is incredibly proud of Annwen for her fantastic achievement. Annwen is known as a very talented artist and photographer within the school, but it is brilliant that she has been recognised outside of school too. We always encourage pupils to challenge themselves in and out of school and so for Annwen to win this award is a great example of how individuals can follow their passions and explore their own ideas to display their talents.” More than 506 images from 160 places in the UK were submitted in one of five categories that explored important issues in the social sciences: Better Economy, Better Education, Better Environment, Better Health and Better Relationships. Professor Jennifer Rubin, Executive Chair of ESRC said: “There were some brilliant entries to this year’s ESRC Photo Competition. My congratulations to all of our prize winners, who displayed a breadth of social science research and have helped to show how social science can contribute across a number of areas from the economy to the environment.” The entrants came from a range of schools and colleges, which will also receive the same prize amount as each winner. All the winning photographs will be displayed at a special exhibition at the Espacio Gallery between March 27 and 30.

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