As part of a character building initiative, Year 8 students at the London Enterprise Academy in London E1 have been learning about dementia and the effect the brain disease has on the lives of people. Dementia Friends Champion Emdad Rahman went to the school and delivered a lunchtime lecture, during which he gave information to raise awareness of the condition and encouraged participants to commit to performing a Dementia Friendly action.
Headteacher Ashid Ali said, “At London Enterprise Academy we take our social responsibilities very seriously and our staff are committed to ensuring that our pupils not only gain an excellent education but develop to become role models who are committed to supporting those in the community who need it most. The pupils learnt a valuable lesson today and I can already see the participants wearing their Dementia Friends badges with great pride.”
•One in 14 people in the UK alone are diagnosed with Dementia. Dementia Friends is a social action movement organised by the Alzheimers Society which is committed to training 4 million Dementia Friends by 2020. For more information, go to:
•London Enterprise Academy is a secondary school in Tower Hamlets. The school is based in Aneurin Bevan House, which is a modern refurbished 7 storey office block on Commercial Road, London E1, and includes state of the art facilities to engage learners. For more information, go to: