In February our participants attended the talk “The Truth and Lies of Poverty” at the London School of Economics University. The students from The Elmgreen School listened to a panel of speakers discuss how we attempt to tell the truth about people struggling to survive modern Britain. Topics included the role technology has to play in challenging poverty, the importance of long form journalism when sharing stories around poverty and how the media often vilifies the poor.
“The Truth and Lies of Poverty” was part of LSE’s Beveridge 2.0, a series of events throughout the academic year focusing on the challenges of poverty; health and social care; education and skills; housing and urbanisation; and the future of work. The series aims to shine a light on these issues and their interconnectedness in order to shape a better future for Londoners.
“It was a great opportunity to expose our young people at an early age to one of the country’s most prestigious universities. We believe it is important to ensure our young people are involved in spaces which allow them to discuss socioeconomic issues in their communities. The young people relished the opportunity and enjoyed their university experience.” said coach Bruk Abdu.
FBB is focused on improving the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through removing barriers to their learning. Providing opportunities such as this, which develops their understanding about relevant issues is a key part of supporting this progression.