Schoolkids Create Powerful Anti-Hate Crime Film in Memory of Late Youth Worker
“A small tribute to Yasin Khan’s relentless dedication working in schools.”
Pupils from a primary school in Greater Manchester have made a powerful statement against hate crime this month. In memory of an inspirational youth worker who recently passed away, they created a film warning of the implications of hate crime.
Yasin Khan, a much-loved youth worker who worked with countless children in and around Manchester during his career, passed away in October, aged 47, after a short battle with lung cancer. Over 3,000 people attended his funeral which is a testament to the fact that he had a positive influence on many people’s lives.
Yasin was the equality and community cohesion officer at Rochdale Council. Before he got ill, he led an anti-hate crime workshop at St Luke’s Primary School in Heywood. After becoming inspired by the enthusiasm and participation of the pupils he came back and asked them if they’d like to feature in a hate crime awareness film.
The film, commissioned by Rochdale Council and created by Mako Education and Rochdale-based M6 Theatre, is called ‘Don’t Hate Me’. Launched in time for ‘Anti-Bullying Week’, its first screening gave the audience a unique perspective as it was projected onto all walls of the school’s ‘immersive room’.
According to headteacher Kim Farrall, when the children learned of Yasin’s illness they re-doubled their efforts, determined to make the venture a successful one.
“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,” she said. “We are honoured to be part of that legacy. I am so proud of our pupils for really throwing themselves into this project.”
Councillor Ian Duckworth, mayor of Rochdale, who was present at the film’s premiere, 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 for bridging the gap between young people from all diverse backgrounds and communities by bringing them together.”
Gail Hopper, Director of Children’s Services at Rochdale Council, 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 a useful resource for many other young people.”
Featured image credit: St Luke’s School, Heywood