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Ford highlights role of young people in tackling human trafficking

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Justice

Justice Minister David Ford has highlighted the important role of our young people in tackling human trafficking.

The Minister published the first educational resource pack on human trafficking for teachers of year 10 and Key Stage 4 at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

The resource pack, produced in partnership between the Department of Justice, The Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment, and Freedom Acts, consists of six step-by-step lesson plans and was an action point in the annual Northern Ireland Human Trafficking Action Plan, published earlier this year.

David Ford said: “We cannot close our eyes to the fact that human trafficking is happening in Northern Ireland and raising the awareness of our young people to this crime is essential to enable them to spot the signs and to report any suspicions to the police or Crimestoppers.

“Earlier this year I published the Human Trafficking Action Plan and one of the key action points was to raise awareness amongst school pupils. This resource pack, the first of its kind, has all the relevant material in one place and will help teachers to get the message across about the nature and consequences of this evil crime.”

The Minister also praised those schools that have already shown an interest in human trafficking and encouraged schools to mark the EU Anti-Trafficking Day on 18 October 2013.

David Ford said: “I appreciate very much the efforts of those teachers and their pupils who are already contributing to the fight against human trafficking. This resource pack and the events for EU Anti Trafficking Day will help to further raise awareness.”

Education Minister John O’Dowd said: “The revised curriculum is very flexible and it provides a number of opportunities for teachers to deal with important issues such as human trafficking. The development of this resource is particularly relevant to citizenship education, a compulsory element of the revised curriculum, which provides pupils with opportunities to explore human rights and social responsibility and equality and social inclusion.

“I would encourage all teachers to make use of this resource which is now available to all schools through C2k’s managed ICT service.”

Notes to editors:

1. The Resource pack is available to all post primary school teachers through Equella on C2k and has the support of Education Minister John O’Dowd.

2. It is intended to facilitate effective teaching and learning of Local and Global Citizenship in Northern Ireland.

3. The resource pack contains step-by-step lesson plans covering six different aspects of human trafficking, including:

  • Human Trafficking – Global & Local
  • Human Trafficking & Human Rights
  • Human Trafficking: The Myths
  • The Impact of Trafficking: A Victims Perspective
  • Recognising & Responding to Trafficking
  • Responses to Trafficking: Governments, Communities & Individuals.

4. It has been developed on behalf of the Department of Justice by Freedom Acts.

5. Freedom Acts is a project of Craigavon Intercultural Programme, supported by Comic Relief and seeks to educate young people and the wider community about human trafficking and exploitation.

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