Senior students from St Luke’s, who are studying RMPS (religious, moral & philisophical studies), paid Pulse Community Radio a visit to share their experiences of a learning visit to Greenock Prison. These very smart students talk about how RMPS prepares them for adult life, the different models of punishment, (including one mum who is stricter than prison!), what it feels like to share an exercise yard with lifers and what they would say to Kenny McAskill, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, if they had his ear. It may challenge some of your views on prison.
Isn’t that what education is all about – giving young people the opportunity to learn, process and articulate their views about the world they live in and in which they will make a contribution.?
These students from St Luke’s do this rather well. Click the link to listen for yourself. You might want to use this as a learning resource with your own students.
My Pulse Community Radio colleague and Barrhead High staff member, Raymond Weir, recently had the privilege of conducting a fascinating interview with Kemal Pervanic, a survivor of the Bosnian conflict of the early 90s, as part of a range of activities he was involved in to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in East Renfrewshire.
Raymond explains – Kemal was put in a concentration camp and was interrogated and punished by folk who were formerly his friends, neighbours and work colleagues. Kemal is a powerful and insightful speaker and I’m sure anyone listening to this interview will be moved by what he has to say. Those of us who are fortunate enough to have lived our lives without having to endure significant conflict can only imagine what it must be like to have your world turned upside down. In Kemal’s view, it did not take much to tip his country over the edge from civilisation into chaos and he has some interesting things to say about the current state of play in Europe.
As a learning resource for PSHE, Social Studies, RME, RMPS – this interview will be first class.
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