Raising awareness of honour-based abuse and forced marriage in education, particularly secondary schools is essential to preventing it. Many teenage victims are confused by what their family and community demands of them and what they feel is wrong. Teachers are often unaware of these issues and nervous about how to manage them.
Karma Nirvana’s staff and survivors regularly speak in schools, 6th form colleges and universities delivering assemblies, lectures and workshops across the UK. We also offer teacher training on how to recognise honour-based abuse and best practice in handling it.
“It’s so important for people in education to lend their voices to this cause. Things can get better, but we need to be committed in our approach. Honour-based abuse and forced marriage are issues which we all have a responsibility to tackle.
We are proud and honoured, in the greatest sense of the words, to be a beacon school for the inspiring work that Karma Nirvana does.”
Mrs. Kaur, The Co-op Academy of Leeds
“I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the time and advice you gave to one of my pupils earlier today. As a school nurse, I felt a huge gratitude that I was able to advise the girl to contact you and to talk through her current issues. This service is invaluable. I am aware of the charity, as representatives came to ‘XXX Girls High School to discuss the work of Karma Nirvana.
Although I can empathise and offer advice, I feel this service really knows and understands what young people are facing in some of these extremely complex circumstances. The girl involved was in a better place for being able to speak to one of your representatives. Keep up the good work and again, thank you.” School Nurse, London
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