Two Minutes With…Ruth Onuoha

Name? Ruth Age? 20 years old Where are you from? My nationality is Nigerian I was born in England, but I live in Abbeywood. What do you do? Currently a law student on a legal placement. Any special hobbies/talents/interests? Yes, I love art, painting, knitting, reading and going to foreign places. As a young person what is the worst and the best thing about living where you live? The worst thing around my area is when it gets dark, everything and everyone looks suspicious and because of all the things that we hear on news and on Crimewatch our suspicions are heightened. The best thing about my area is that it is really quiet, there are no disturbances, or road traffic noise. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why? I don’t know where exactly I would want to live, but I would want to live somewhere that is not too hot or cold. That is nowhere around waterbeds or on an island were there would be a likelihood for floods or tornadoes. If you had to swap bodies with any historical/political figure, living or dead, who would it be and why? Jesus, because he is the person I look up to. If you had to invite 3 people, living or dead, to a dinner party, who would they be? Martin Luther King, Hitler and my grand-parents. What is your favourite form of art? Do you find art to be relevant to society today? Art is everywhere, in the clothes we wear, on the walls and in us. I love the famous...

Failing Young People In Custody

According to the official figures released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) between 2010-2012, there has been a 21% increase of self-harming young offenders in custody. As a result three cases of death were reported within the last two years, whilst incidents of physical restraint have risen by 17%. Once again the issue of age and criminal justice has been brought to surface and once again political decision makers have failed to listen. The age of criminal responsibility has remained at the age of 10 within England and Wales since the 1990s; however the minimum age of criminal responsibility for Europe has remained at 14 years of age. For those who have worked with young offenders it has been found clearly evident that the criminal justice system cannot address the needs of young people especially in custody, sufficiently. A majority of children taken into custody possess learning difficulties or mental illnesses which are not identified early enough. This leads to confusion on the most suitable treatment of their cases including in court when an ‘appropriate adult’ who is meant to represent a young offender for legal reasons is not given. In 2002, 16 year old Joseph Scholes hung himself in his cell nine days after his two-year robbery sentence. Since his death there has been no thorough investigative inquiry or review undertaken despite the fact the number of suicidal deaths of incapacitated young people has risen over the last decade. A partial cause to blame has been left with health and justice agencies who have seemingly failed to coordinate a working system in which adequate support is lacking. In...

Two Minutes With…Stefania Morosini

Name? My name is Stefania Age? I am 24 Where are you from? I am from Greece, but I consider myself as a citizen of the World. What do you do? I am a writer, blogger, researcher and feminist media activist; the latter meaning that I  work for and use online media and blogs as a means to advocate for women’s rights, equality, dignity and respect. I am also a musician (pianist) and an aspiring professional singer. Any special hobbies/talents/interests? Along with writing, my biggest passion in this world is music and singing. Therefore I spend a lot of my time singing in a choir, in pubs and bars around London, taking singing lessons, playing the piano and writing my own songs. I’ve been involved with music since I was 5 years old. What I also adore is travelling and exploring; being in a constant discovery that may happen at the other side of the globe but equally at my neighbourhood’s hidden corners. I also love watching films and going to the theatre so I spend a lot of my free time at the cinema and at the London’s West End fabulous shows. Shouldn’t forget to mention that I also go cycling to Hyde Park, the perfect treat after a tiring day! As a young person what is the worst and the best thing about living where you live? I’d say that given that I live in London I wouldn’t really find many negative sides to it in the first place. The best thing is the vibe of the city, the abundance of life choices and things to do,...
You got a C, oh wait, now you’ve got a B.

You got a C, oh wait, now you’ve got a B.

I wrote an article a few months back on the GCSE grades fiasco and how this would affect the lives of many teenagers continuing their studies or careers. The examination bodies agreed to a free re-sit for any students who felt they were at a disadvantage, shortly after the shocking results were released; thus showing the exam board’s acknowledgment that the grades were unusual and may have been influenced by the examination regulator (Ofqual) or the government. But now, the results for these re-sits have been released, and guess what? Out of the nearly 50,000 students who re-took after getting C grade or lower; about 15,000 received higher grades then they received in the summer, with some even getting grade A, significantly showing up to a three grade jump. Instantly, the examination bodies defended their position by saying it was “in line with what it would expect from re-sits”. However, the re-sit was given within a matter of weeks and not after the usual five months when re-sits are given. So there either was a drastic improvement in students abilities reflected in their results within a matter of weeks, or there was a ‘cover up’ from a ‘fixing’ of grades in the Summer, that examination bodies were forced to rectify discreetly. For some reason, it sounds like the latter to me and surely to many others who were affected by the fiasco. Other students who were affected by the ‘grade fixing’ will have to wait until January for legal proceedings to be taken to court. Who will win the battle of Headteachers, Councils  and Students Vs Examination Bodies? I...
Two minutes with… Sophie Crockett-Chaves

Two minutes with… Sophie Crockett-Chaves

Name? Sophie Crockett-Chaves                               Age? 21 Where are you from? Londonderry, Northern Ireland What do you do? I’m an Intern at the Brazilian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva. Any special hobbies/talents/interests? I like sailing, travelling, reading… I guess I’m alright at sports as I used to practice a lot at school. As a young person what is the worst and the best thing about living where you live? Right now I live in Geneva, which is one of the most multi-cultural places in the world, which is great for young people as they grow up in a multi-cultural setting, but it is also quite boring as there are not many attractions and amazing hangout places for teens. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why? I probably wouldn’t pick any place in particular… I’d probably live in a boat and sail across the world going to a different city each time. If you had to swap bodies with any historical/political figure, living or dead, who would it be and why? Samantha Power, Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs, US Government because she inspires people and fights for things she truly believes in, and I find that remarkable. If you had to invite 3 people, living or dead, to a dinner party, who would they be? Kofi Annan, Ghandi, and Sergio Vieira de Mello What is your favourite form of art? Do you find art to be relevant to society today? My favourite form of art is...