On Wednesday 17th January, the Sixth Form were fortunate to hear Ben Du Preez from Detention Action and Isaac Komone from Freed Voices talking about detention centres in the UK. The talk was organised by Rosa in Year 13.
Ben introduced the topic by explaining what detention centres are, who might be detained and the fact that some people are detained indefinitely. The students had been given a post-it note in one of four colours: pink for the mental aspects of detention; yellow for physical; orange for social and green for political. The students were asked to write a question on their post-it note according to the colour. Ben then picked questions from each category to ask Isaac.
Isaac spoke movingly about his own detention, the conditions of his cell, the difficulty of being separated from family and friends and how he managed to keep his mind and body healthy. You can read some of the questions and answers on Detention Action's Twitter feed. Ben and Isaac were both impressed by the quality of the girls' questions. Ben then urged the students to take action against indefinite detention and to speak to their local MP and campaign.
Mrs Williamson, Assistant Head of Sixth Form