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23 Jul '14

News How teachers should start to address FGM in schools | Yvonne Powell

Teachers have a duty to tackle female genital mutilation and keep girls safe. We must transform the way we approach the issue in schoolsOn Tuesday, the prime minister came to our school, Walworth academy in south London, to announce that teachers and other public servants like me will have a new duty to tackle female genital mutilation. Some will see this as another example of schools acting as surrogate parents, but I believe that as educators, we have a moral obligation to act. Our students should be fully aware of the risks of FGM and our parents need to be in no doubt about the stance of our school. To paraphrase RH Tawney, what a parent would want for their daughter, the state should want for all our daughters. Continue reading...

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