“I learnt that I actually like school. I always said that I hated [it.] But it’s more now that I actually kind of like it because I’d rather socialise with my mates.”
These are the words of Leo, from London, on how lockdown changed his perception of going to school.
He is featured in a new photo book called ‘Beyond Lockdown’ by the education charity Football Beyond Borders (FBB).
Founded in 2009, FBB helps students from disadvantaged backgrounds – who are disengaged at school but passionate about football – to finish school with the grades needed to begin their successful transition into adulthood.
This includes young people at risk of being excluded – an experience proven to devastate a child’s educational and life outcomes.
During lockdown, FBB travelled the country, meeting young people outside their homes to discover the impact the lack of school was having.
Their book chronicles what school meant to the nation’s children during this historic period in which they were unable to go.
“This year, for the first time, every family experienced the challenge of children not being in school,” Jack Reynolds, FBB’s co-director said.
“Now we all know what it means when our children lose their education.
“We must use this awareness as an opportunity to ensure we do everything we can to ensure that young people remain in school and do not become socially isolated at this critical stage in their lives.”
The second stage of their campaign – called No More Empty Chairs – seeks to use the experience of lockdown to galvanise people into doing everything possible to minimise exclusions.
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