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Fashion guru Gok Wan praises Henrietta Barnett schoolgirl's anti-racism poem
Fashion guru Gok Wan has praised a 12-year-old schoolgirl for her “beautifully crafted” and “honest” poem about racism.
The designer and television presenter chose Rameta Ramanen’s poem Who Am I as the overall winner of this year’s Arts & Minds competition organised by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers.
The Henrietta Barnett School pupil wrote the poem from the point of view of a victim of racial abuse in order to raise awareness about racism.
She said: “I feel very strongly about racism and although it’s not as much of a problem as it used to be, it’s still an issue that needs to be addressed.
“I feel strongly about how people are treated differently and judged because of their race and I wanted to do something about it.”
Arts & Minds is an annual, UK-wide competition aimed at promoting race equality and diversity in schools.
Speaking about her winning poem, Gok said: “This piece really does resonate with me. When I was reading it I was transported to me being a child again.
“Every single one of those words took years off me and the voice came through really strong.
“It was beautifully crafted and very carefully written. It was so honest that it made me question the world that I am in now.”
As well as receiving the award, Rameta also won £1,000 for her school.
She said: “I felt really overwhelmed when they announced I was the winner and I feel very proud of myself for being a voice for other people.”
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