‘When I was in high school I only received PSHE education whilst I was in year seven … one hour or two hours per week. I believe young people leaving an education should be equipped with knowledge of politics and economics and social responsibility because it definitely empowers them and fills the gaps that our education system doesn’t normally do.’
Sixth-former Samuel Remi-Akinwale is campaigning with Fixers for better ‘lessons for life’ in school after feeling unprepared for society when he needed to fend for himself.
He wants Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education to be taught in all schools to equip pupils when they move on.
PSHE has been part of the National Curriculum since 2000, but not all aspects are compulsory.
Samuel told his story on ITV Granada Reports on March 5.
Samuel, 16, says, ‘I believe my high school education could have prepared me better for independence, some of us are expected to have a part time job and with this you need to understand a lot more about finances.’
With Fixers Samuel has also made a film encouraging education bosses to create a ‘curriculum for life’ to help their pupils to become positive members of society.
‘We want an education that works for all and one that prepares us for life because that’s what an education is supposed to do,’ says Samuel, who lives in Harpurhey, Manchester.
‘I’m 16 and I don’t know how to pay my taxes or even open a bank account. This lack of knowledge might affect young people and the career paths that are open to them.’
Chris Waller, from the Association for Citizenship Teaching, says decision-makers need to listen. ‘PSHE and citizenship are not really a priority in schools. Samuel’s campaign is exemplary. Let’s be honest ,we need to take notice of what young people are saying about their experiences in school and listen to the concerns that they have,’ he says.
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