Bringing partnerships to bear in Bradford: 10 years of SUSOMAD

Young people from schools across Bradford last night attended the launch of this year’s SUSOMAD (stand up, speak out, make a difference). The peer education programme for schools – delivered in partnership between the Anne Frank Trust and Bradford Council – has been running for 10 years.

In that time the programme has worked with more than 80 schools and over 17,000 pupils have taken part in exhibition visits and workshops, almost 1,000 of whom have been trained as peer educators.

The launch was attended by Councillor Imran Khan, portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, and was hosted by The Light Cinema in Bradford.

SUSOMAD tackles issues including human rights, prejudice and discrimination, and helps young people explore ways in which they can use their voice constructively for society. They are encouraged to work collaboratively with others and to develop skills such as critical thinking and empathy.

The programme uses the Anne Frank: A history for Today exhibition to teach children about the horrors of the Holocaust and provide a context for learning about modern day inequalities and political extremism. The work of an established partnership between the Anne Frank Trust and Bradford Council, SUSOMAD has evolved to include the Remembering Srebrenica exhibition – about the genocide that took place in Bosnia in 1995 – and the Anne Frank Trust’s ‘Free to Be’ programme, a series of workshops exploring identity-based bullying.

Councillor Imran Khan, portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said: “It’s fantastic to be launching this year’s SUSOMAD programme with young people who have taken part and supported the programme. Today it is as important as ever that young people are able to work together to understand and tackle discrimination and have the confidence to speak out against it.”