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Walthamstow School for Girls

BAME Contributions Ceramic Plaques

Our ceramic plaques celebrating BAME contributions to our society have been completed and make a welcome addition to the previous four plaques. The plaques are dotted around the external walls of the school building and can be seen as our school community walk around the school. 

 - Ms Cassango 

I chose to honour Azeem Rafiq in my ceramic because of his courageous stand against racism within cricket. Rafiq's story is not just about facing discrimination from his teammates but also challenging the entrenched racism within the institution of cricket itself. His willingness to speak out against everyday racism disguised as banter sheds light on the serious issue that often gets brushed aside.

Racism is not a joke or a matter to be taken lightly. It's a pervasive problem that affects individuals deeply and has no place in any aspect of society, including sports. Rafiq's decision to speak up, despite the potential backlash and consequences, highlights his integrity and commitment to fighting against injustice.

The fact that Rafiq felt compelled to leave his country to make a point underscores the depth of the issue of racism in sports. It's a stark reminder that despite progress, there's still much work to be done to create a truly inclusive and equitable environment in cricket and beyond.

By honouring Azeem Rafiq in my ceramic, I hope to inspire others to stand up against discrimination in all its forms.

 - Faye Year 10

I chose to do a plaque commemorating the life of Mary Prince. Born in Bermuda, Mary Prince was the first black woman to publish an autobiography of her experience as an enslaved woman. This first-hand description of the brutality of enslavement had an immense impact on the British antislavery movement. Mary’s poignant testimony on behalf of other enslaved peoples stands as an example of the courage and resilience shown by generations of enslaved women throughout the West Indies.

 - Ava Year 9

I chose to do my ceramic on the NHS because I felt like I needed to show the diversity within the field. I believe that we don't see enough representation of all of the different people working together to do something which has such an important role in our lives. I made the ceramic celebration of all the amazing people save lives daily.

 - Ms Siddiqui

Hibo Wardere, anti- FGM campaigner, is a trailblazing and empowered individual. She uses her own trauma to educate tirelessly to end the cruel, and now thanks to her and others, illegal practice of female genital mutilation. Hibo's own daughters have attended WSFG and Hibo regularly returns to provide training for staff around FGM. I wanted to honour her remarkable strength with this plaque which boldly states "I AM A WOMAN, GET OVER IT"

Hibo Wardere with her plague.