Ramadan Behra, from Restorative’s Somerset House, has recently been selected to be an Ambassador for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students at Kirklees College, having just completed the Democracy Friendly Train the Trainer programme.
The Democracy Friendly programme began in Kirklees and was developed as part of the council’s work with 1,700 children, young people and schools and the recommendations of their Young Commissioners. Being ‘Democracy Friendly’ is based on the principle that “democracy, within families, within schools, should be normal” to help young people grow, gain skills and the confidence and connections they want.
Ramadan was selected, along with three other students and two members of staff at Kirklees College, to attend the two-day training programme, which covered how local government works, how young people can have their voices heard and how to build a project.
Having now completed the programme, Ramadan is also an Ambassador for other young people at the college and can deliver Democracy Friendly sessions to students and staff, lead on projects to bring about and promote positive change in communities and develop awareness-raising activities of democracy in the UK. He’s also able to help other students access support for their mental health and studies, and their rights as a UASC (Unaccompanied Asylum Seeker) young person.
“We’re extremely proud of Ramadan and his dedication to this role in helping other young people. He is a caring and supportive individual, and his role is very well deserved,” said Aysha Perveen, UASC Support Worker at Somerset House.
We all look forward to seeing Ramadan enjoy and progress in his new role. Well done, Ramadan!