Today we’re releasing new schools resources and launching a song competition! We’re helping school children spot signs of modern slavery, and avoid falling victim themselves.
We’re launching the new resources at Lambeth Palace, along with a Freedom Song competition for schools where winners will have the chance to record their version of the song in a professional studio!
The competition will be judged by Church of England vicar Rev Kate Bottley and children’s author Frank Cottrell-Boyce. One primary and one secondary school will each receive the prize of a day in a professional studio to record their version of the song, as well as £1000 in ‘Just Enough’ vouchers for their school.
A version of The Freedom Song has already been recorded by the choir of St Mary’s School in Pulborough, Sussex, and the song is available to download here.
Our schools resources are also available to download now. We have created them with Just Enough Group. With lesson plans for five key stages and collective worship materials for Primary and Secondary schools, the resources and the song are a key step in enabling all of the UK’s young people to become courageous advocates calling for an end to modern slavery, and avoiding becoming victims.
Minors made up a third of more than 5,000 potential victims of modern slavery referred for support in the UK in 2017. Educating young people about the risk of exploitation through the lesson plans and collective worship material will help to build their resilience in the face of this threat.
Take a look at all the resources here: www.modernslaverylessons.com
The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, said: “I hope schools across the UK will welcome this opportunity to sing for freedom, while learning about how to end modern slavery. In my work with young people I am always amazed and encouraged by their passion and commitment to working towards a better world. I am delighted that this song competition, and the accompanying modern slavery schools resources, will enable young people to bring their enthusiasm and dedication to this urgent topic.”
Church of England priest Rev Kate Bottley, said “The Freedom Song competition gives children and young people such a good opportunity to learn about modern slavery and use their voices to advocate for freedom. The talent and passion of our nation’s children is incredible, and I can’t wait to hear what they come up with!”
Speaking at the launch of the resources was Clare Gollop, the Programme Director for the National Police Chiefs Council’s Modern Slavery Portfolio, overseeing the Modern Slavery Police Transformation programme. She praised the song competition and the resources as an opportunity to protect young people, saying “The Freedom Song and the modern slavery resources will help open up difficult but necessary conversations, helping educators protect those who are most vulnerable. At the same time, they encourage even further the strength, resilience and problem-solving potential of our young people. Their self-awareness, commitment to equality and consumer habits offer us hope for a future in which slavery and exploitation have no place.”
On the release of their version of The Freedom Song, Headteacher of St Mary’s School, Pulborough, Sam Copus said “Our pupils always relish learning about their world and how they can change it for the better. Singing The Freedom Song has helped them to gain a deeper understanding of human rights and modern slavery and have fun at the same time! I hope many other schools will take up the challenge of recording a new version of the song and using the modern slavery schools resources, so that together we can raise awareness of this horrible crime amongst all the UK’s young people.”