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Together we are stronger: St Luke’s primary school children film sends clear message on hate crime

14 November 2017

• Premiere of the 'Don't Hate Me Film' at St Luke's Primary School.

Ahead of anti-bullying week, St Luke's Primary School launches a short film against hate crime with help from Rochdale Borough Council and M6 Theatre.

The film was launched at the primary school in their immersive room which gave guests a unique viewing experience as the film surrounded the room.

The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Ian Duckworth, was guest at the launch and said: "I found it a very powerful film and it's amazing that our young people are able to tackle such big issues so well."

'It's a real testament to Yasin's dedication and hard work'

The 'Don't Hate Me' project was driven passionately by the late Yasin Khan the Schools Equality and Cohesion Lead at Rochdale Borough Council. It's a real testament to Yasin's dedication and hard work for bridging the gap between young people from all diverse backgrounds and communities by bringing them together.

Headteacher at St Luke's, Kim Farrall, said: "The film is a small tribute to Yasin Khan's relentless dedication working in schools and helping to improve the lives of the young people. We are honoured to be part of that legacy. I am so proud of our pupils for really throwing themselves in to this project."

The empowering film was developed in collaboration with students, teachers, M6 Theatre, Mako Education and commissioned by the council's early help and schools and community safety teams to creatively tackle hate crime issues and generate discussions around this topic.

'I'm sure it will go on to be useful resource for many other young people'

Director of children's services at Rochdale Borough Council, Gail Hopper, attended the premiere and was impressed by what she saw, she said: "Hate crime is such an important topic and the way these young pupils have dealt with it is superb. They should be really proud of their work, I'm sure it will go on to be useful resource for many other young people."

Parvez Qadir, from M6 Theatre, was delighted to see the film launched, he said: "I find it really empowering to see these young people deliver a project like this. The children worked so hard to make this a really powerful film."

Accompanying workshop resources have also been developed for people to use alongside this film, they are available from Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board.