Voice of Aston: Youngsters Want Education Overhaul and Multicultural Centre

The Birmingham Post (England), January 30, 2003 | Go to article overview

Voice of Aston: Youngsters Want Education Overhaul and Multicultural Centre


Byline: Richard Warburton

The young people of Aston have called for an overhaul of the education system to provide learning opportunities that cater for their needs and social backgrounds.

Youngsters told a meeting held by Aston Pride - a regeneration initiative that has pounds 50 million to spend in the area by 2010 - that teaching methods needed to be addressed to engage pupils and prevent them drifting off into a life of crime.

They also said Aston needed a central multicultural centre to bring together locals from different ethnic backgrounds, which currently congregate in specific segregated groups.

Speaking at a meeting of Aston Pride's Employment, Business and Economy Task Group, young people from a host of youth projects were invited to air their fears and desires for the area.

One youngster said schools in the area failed to offer pupils the skills they needed for the workplace or the right information on how to get jobs.

'A new delivery of education is needed that engages young people and turns them on to learning and not off it,' he said.

'You cannot teach a class in an Aston school in the same way as you teach a class in a Solihull or Sutton Coldfield school. …

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