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Martin Luther King story told at Barking & Dagenham College during #BlackHistoryMonth

Motivational speaker John Akinde who brought the story of Martin Luther King to life for students during Black History Month (John is third from left)

A motivational speaker visited Barking & Dagenham College last week as part of the college’s the Black History Month activities.

John Akinde led two sessions with the students; in the first one, he talked about equality and diversity.

The fun interactive workshop looked at how prejudice and discrimination impacts on individuals and explored ways that we can build racial equality and inclusion within the community. 

The second session was called ‘I have a dream’; this motivational session explored the story of Martin Luther King.

They looked at the blueprint of success in education and extra-curricular life, with other speakers and performers bringing the story of Martin Luther King to life.

About Barking & Dagenham College Barking & Dagenham College offers higher level technical and professional training, from entry to level 7 that prepares people for work or for university. Operating from five specialist sites, with industry-standard facilities and real-work training environments, the College welcomes all age groups. The College has an established Higher Education programme (HNC/D, degree, postgraduate) in addition to a wider range of professional body qualifications.

Barking & Dagenham College is one of the leading providers of intermediate, advanced and higher apprenticeship training in London, training around 1000 apprentices and working with around 300 employer clients each year.  Specialisms include Construction, Project Management, Human Resources Management, Business and Pharmacy.

The College has the Matrix Award for Advice and Guidance, STEM Assured kite mark, Investors in People Gold Status and its HE offer achieved QAA standards in 2015.[6] The College has won a number of prestigious national awards including: Beacon status by the AoC in 2016, Coding College of the Year 2016, as well as the Tes Award for Best Teaching and Learning Initiative in 2018 for its “holistically and usefully” integrated STEM across wider curriculum areas. In April 2018 the College was named as Training Provider of the Year by Creative & Cultural Skills.

Its teaching staff has received a number of nominations and awards: VQ Teacher of the Year 2016, Pearson FE Lecturer of the Year Silver Teaching Award 2016, Regional Santander Employability Champion Winner for London and the South East 2017,[13] two teachers awarded in Maths Teacher of the Year Awards 2017, ENTHUSE award for excellence in STEM teaching 2017, a top 50 shortlist for Global Teacher of the Year 2017 and winner of the Festival of Learning National Tutor Award 2017.

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