Petition to UK Parliament, Ofsted
Make kurdish a recognised mordern language GCSE in the UK.
We as Kurdish people are one of the largest minority groups in the world without our own country, with a population of well over 40 million in world. The United Kingdom is not without it's own fair share of Kurdish people, nearly 50,000 according to the latest census; with that number increasing daily we feel it is time we are recognised and given a modern language GCSE. There are currently a vast amount of Kurdish schools being run by Kurdish communities and mosques in the UK, the children attending these schools at the moment only gain self pride, however if there was a Kurdish GCSE these children (who not only are the future of Kurdistan but also the UK) would gain a valuable qualification that they can hold forever. Furthermore with Kurdistan being located in the heart of the Middle East it has huge economic power and with the recent independence push it holds great political interest to the UK as an ally in the Middle East. This will also be useful for those Kurdish people that have recently come to the UK as asylum seekers, as they too can gain a qualification more easily than they currently can and further enhance their education within the UK. Lastly this would help get more kurdish people into professional jobs within the UK, it would also create more professional jobs for the people of the UK. Please take one minute out of your day to share this cause and help the kurdish language be recognised as a modern language. Thank You.
Petition to Mark Anderson, Dr Ian Stockford, Nicky Morgan MP
Ensure the representation of women on the A-Level Music syllabus
The current 2008 Edexcel A-Level Music syllabus has a total of 63 different set works from a variety of musical genres and eras. Yet not a single one of these set works was composed by a woman. I am a 17 year old A Level Music student currently studying the Edexcel syllabus. Earlier this year, I was part of an in-school gender equality and leadership programme for young women (Fearless Futures). Among other things, the programme looked into the way in which we are desensitised from noticing the lack of representation of women across different aspects of society. It was during this programme that I was shocked to realise I had never before noticed that there are no female composers included in my Music A-Level. So I decided to do something about it. I first thought this issue could be solved easily by contacting Edexcel directly and drawing their attention to their omission of women from the A-Level, as they advocate that students should "...engage in, and extend the appreciation of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music...”. I thought the lack of women was simply a mistake, an oversight, as clearly their aim cannot be fulfilled without the representation of women. However, a series of emails highlighted that Edexcel oppose any possibility of change to ultimately meet their own aims of creating a richer, more diverse musical world. While it is true that female composers aren’t as well known as their male counterparts (unsurprising as women composers are rarely studied in schools), the assertion by Edexcel's Head of Music that "there would be very few female composers that could be included [in the A-Level syllabus]" simply isn’t true. On 8th March 2015, BBC Radio 3 managed to do a whole day of programming of female composers to honour International Women’s Day. Surely, if BBC Radio 3 can play music composed by women for a whole day, Edexcel could select at least one to be a part of the syllabus alongside the likes of Holborne, Haydn and Howlin' Wolf? Edexcel’s proposed 2016 syllabus, currently awaiting approval from Ofqual, does not, once again, include even one female composer. This has got to change. How can we expect girls to aspire to be composers and musicians if they don't have the opportunity to learn of any role models? How can we accept that the UK's largest awarding body doesn't adequately acknowledge the work of female musicians? Why are we limiting diversity in a subject which thrives on its astounding breadth? Please sign this petition to urge Edexcel to take seriously their responsibility to create a more equal musical world through their educational material and include at least one female composer in their A Level syllabus.