Spring RAP Chat 2018 Hello to students, teachers, parents & like-minded colleagues. We are looking forward to a warmer Summer Term. As our students prepare for their imminent GCSE & A-level exams, wrestle with their digital footprints, measure their relationships on & off line, we hope the universe can send more of this surprising sunshine their way to ease their mounting stress.
Our expanding team at The RAP Project has a few developments to share with you. We’ve hired recent graduate Phoebe McIndoe to be our RAP Producer & Presenter, expanded into Primary & SEND schools, consulted the Bermudian Education Ministry as well as presented at several of the island’s schools. We are now also Rapping on the Isle of Jersey.
Phoebe McIndoe made an impressionable debut as a representative of The RAP Project at a Durex sponsored UCL Conference entitled “Sexual Rights are Human Rights. What about Sexual Pleasure?” She joined an impressive panel including Anne Philpott, Founder of The Pleasure Project and Sarah Hawkes, Sexual Health and Rights Researcher. Phoebe spoke persuasively about the importance of young students being properly taught human anatomy lessons. With regards to female genitalia, many lessons fall short to say the least. Both male & female students need to understand their anatomy. If they do, confidence, and not shame will prevail. Feminists, including Germaine Greer have associated body confidence with sexual politics long before RAP has, but there is no doubt that owning and understanding one’s body empowers young people & we believe, spreads equality. Phoebe also read a very moving and personal poem about her own struggles with body confidence which brought more than a few in the audience to tears. Her pet project is the new RAP Blog, which features articles written by students, professionals, parents and colleagues.
If you would like to submit an idea for a blog (article, video, poem, or podcast) please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) and JOIN the RAP conversation!
Many kids as young as 10 are now using smart phones as they travel to & from school. They are exposed to adult content that is often inappropriate and harmful.
Jess Hawley, an experienced PGCE teacher who has trained in both Primary & SEND school sectors, has launched two new RAPS aimed at Year 6 students and their parents. ‘The Big Leavers’ helps younger children understand their own physiological changes while also considering avatars, cyber bullying, the perils of grooming and practicing kindness online. “Let’s Rap about The Digital Birds & Bees” provides advice to help parents speak openly and honestly about all of the above subjects, using the sage “A Little, Alot,” approach to addressing these subjects for parents speaking to their kids.
When Deana returned from her successful tour of Bermuda, she joined me & we traveled to Jersey on behalf of JAAR, Jersey Awareness Against Rape. The chairperson, Sara McIntosh, organised several talks at numerous schools as well as a press tour. She is a great lady working on behalf of victims of sexual assault & we look forward to working with her again.
The RAP Project Deana with Germaine Greer on International Women’s Day “There is No Childhood Online.” Baroness Bibby Kidron What a way to round off the last academic term than by than by speaking at an event marking International Women’s Day with the iconic, brilliant academic & author Germaine Greer. Deana & Ms Greer privately discussed how feminism is in the throes of dramatic change. Historically, feminism was seen as a purely female-led political movement. Now, younger people are fighting for a gender inclusive approach to making Equal Rights and Equal Pay a reality. Equality for All!
Deana also got political at the House of Commons where she was a guest at the APPG on Sexual Violence, co-chaired by Sarah Champion MP and Rt Hon Maria Miller MP. The speakers and attendees had much to say about raising awareness around sexual violence against women and girls. This of course, is an issue that has been at the very heart of The RAP Project from day one. The RAP Project looks forward to working with this APPG again.
Phoebe will hold down the fort here in the UK while we travel to NYC for a very exciting launch of a photo exhibition celebrating the publication of the beautiful and inspiring book, 200 Women at The Pen and Brush Gallery on 29 East 22nd Street New York, NY on May 15th. We are extremely proud to be included in this book for our work with students in the UK & abroad. The RAP Project is growing & adding more schools to its list of clients. We are now pleased to report that we are in over 160 schools, having reached over 70,0000 students. By also speaking at more conferences, forums & parent presentations, we can continue to promote our messages to our younger audience: Mutual Respect, Mutual Consent; Practice Disctretion OnLine; & Awareness is Power!
If you have yet to bring RAP into your school, please contact us for more information. For a comprehensive list of our presentations & client list, visit http://www.therapproject.co.uk Bests, Allison