The MHMT is promoting social cohesion and responsible citizenship through education. Two prima facie cases are made:
- Adversity, from the mundane to life-changing situations, will affect people of all ages. We cannot always control what happens to us but we can control how we respond.
- A major contributory factor to the events of 7/7 was fear between communities because of differences in race, religion, culture and tradition. Diversity is local response to universal needs.
How is “Miriam’s Vision” unique?
- No other educational resource uses the events of 7/7 to develop skills for life, understanding diversity through experiential learning, and exploring democratic process to deal with conflict.
- Miriam’s story personalises and makes the issues of violent extremism accessible. It is a first-hand account told by Miriam’s family and friends about their own experience and is particularly relevant in the climate of continual exposure to the threat of violent extremism covered in the press, media and internet.
- A gap exists for the prevention of conflict at the level of the individual. Most conflict studies are at national and international levels alone.
- It shows that a negative event continues to stimulate positive responses with growing momentum. Participants in “Miriam’s Vision” will be empowered to increase this momentum.
- Materials sourced from Odisha are unique, colourful, stimulating and engaging.
Benefits for students
“Miriam’s Vision” addresses the fact that Miriam lost her life in avoidable circumstances in a pluralistic society. Miriam's story is an approachable context to provide students with
- Opportunities to acquire life skills, such as buoyancy in dealing with adversity, constructive decision-making in difficult situations, problem-solving in real-world situations, in a rational, responsible and non-confrontational way.
- A forum to consider the consequences of 7/7 (History) and democratic process as a non-violent way of dealing with difficulties / conflict (Citizenship & PSHE).
- Experiential learning showing that diversity is the natural outcome of local response to universal needs for nourishment, shelter, aesthetics and spirituality and can be viewed with curiosity, fascination, tolerance and understanding rather than fear. (Geography, Art, Dance).
- Group activities that impact the real world, fundraising for the Miriam Hyman Children's Eye Care Centre Outreach Programme, taking services to schools, villages and city slums in Odisha (Business & Enterprise).
Benefits for teachers
Guidance and planning is provided to approach the controversial subject of extremism in the safe environment of the classroom, in a non-confrontational way through Miriam’s story, an engaging positive narrative, to:
- Promote constructive and transferable life skills, eg positive responses to negative events, resilience in response to challenge.
- Contextualise diversity through experiential learning, showing that fulfilment of global needs depends upon local historical, environmental and economic factors such as the availability or scarcity of resources.
- Provide opportunities for students to develop tolerance of themselves and of others by creating an awareness of the importance of different values, tensions, and non-violent routes to change on personal, local, national and global levels.
- Access unique, high quality resources.
- Meet curriculum requirements across the UK.
- Deliver messages that are positive, secular and apolitical.
Benefits for schools
- Provides a means of meeting the statutory duty on schools to help prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
- Is in line with British values - ie rule of English law and effecting change in society through peaceful methods within a democratic framework.
- promotes community cohesion
Monitoring & Evaluation
A study of the impact and an evaluation of “Miriam’s Vision” on teachers and students is in progress and is being funded by HM Treasury. You can help: After delivery please complete and return these forms to the Miriam Hyman Memorial Trust.