During the first lockdown, schools were closed and there was limited access to creative learning opportunities for young people to express themselves. As part of their Virtual School, Football Beyond Borders created a spoken word project called Beyond Bars.
Yassin was just one of 25 incredibly talented young people writing and performing their own pieces of poetry…
Beyond Bars was an opportunity for young people to express their feelings towards lockdown – being confined at home, away from friends, the uncertainty and frustrations.
They were joined by some expert poets in the field as well as some special guests.
13-year-old Yassin from Bermondsey, South London took part in the project. The result was so good, we had to share it with you.
These are his words:
Recently FBB launched a new national campaign to highlight why children missing school is a critical issue for society.
During lockdown, FBB travelled the country, meeting young people outside their homes to discover the impact that the lack of school was having. The result is a stunning photographic record of our nation’s school children through this dramatic period.
This publication showcases the incredible potential and positivity of young people; alongside their realisation of what school means to them – that school is not just about education and learning but, crucially, it is about socialising with friends and a sense of connection.
You can help support young people by purchasing the book here.
This is a charity story from Football Beyond Borders.