Tackling modern slavery through song
24 June 2019 IN: Schools
St Hilda’s Church of England Primary School in Prestwich and Merrill Academy in Derby have won recording sessions in a professional studio for their versions of The Freedom Song, written to raise awareness of modern slavery amongst children and young people.
The schools were victorious in a nationwide competition launched last year by The Clewer Initiative, the Church of England’s response to modern slavery, in which schools were invited to write and arrange their own versions of the song.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, congratulated the schools on their win: “A big well done to the two schools. Their entries showed that they have learned about modern slavery and are now passionately singing to raise awareness of the injustice of this crime. My prayer is that they keep raising their voices, singing for the freedom of those who have been silenced.”
Rachel Senior, headteacher of St Hilda’s School said “We are absolutely delighted that our song has been chosen. During the writing process, the children learnt so much about slavery and were horrified that, sadly, it is still happening today. They want people to enjoy listening to their song and appreciate the message of comfort and hope it brings: 'We see you' and you are not alone."
The judges were particularly impressed with the new lyrics that St Hilda’s School had written. Each school has won a session in a professional recording studio to record their version of the Freedom Song, as well as £1000 in Just Enough vouchers for their school.