The MHMT is promoting social cohesion and responsible citizenship through education. Two prima facie cases are made:
- A major contributory factor to the events of 7/7 was fear between communities because of differences in race, religion, culture and tradition. Yet diversity is simply local response to universal needs.
- Adversity, from the mundane to life-changing situations, affects people of all ages. We cannot always control what happens to us but we can control how we respond.
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 are empowered to increase this momentum.
- Materials sourced from Odisha are unique, colourful, stimulating and engaging.
Miriam's Vision meets newly introduced Ofsted requirements for the “curriculum to be at the centre of education...creating a positive climate with respectful interactions”, connecting “new knowledge and existing knowledge”, and having an impact on learners, i.e. “if nothing [is] impressed in long-term memory, nothing has been learned”.
We offer tried and tested lesson plans that meet the following Ofsted judgments by
- placing the curriculum at the centre of education
- embracing diversity
- embracing British values
- encouraging positive behaviour
- encouraging personal development
- encouraging empathy
- promoting relationships between schools and parents.
- demonstrating impact through the Miriam's Vision Evaluation & Impact Study (2018)
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 resilience, constructive decision-making in difficult situations, problem-solving in real-world situations, in a rational, responsible and non-confrontational way.
- the concept that life is about making choices and consequences should be thought through rationally.
- 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, which takes services to schools, villages and city slums in Odisha (Business & Enterprise).
Benefits for teachers
A forum, with guidance, 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 fulfillment of global needs depends on local environmental, historical 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 the rule of British law and effecting change in society through peaceful methods within a democratic framework.
- promotes community cohesion.
Monitoring & Evaluation
The Miriam’s Vision Evaluation & Impact Study funded by HM Treasury took place from 2016 to 2018 and we still welcome feedback to inform improvements. Discover more on our Impact page.