We're delighted to announce that some of the most influential figures in education and social activism have come on board to support the HOPE Education Fund by becoming its very first patrons.

They include:

  • Onjali Rauf - Award-winning Children's Author
  • Emma Shevah - English Teacher and Children's Author
  • Dave Prentis - General Secretary of UNISON
  • Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney - Joint General Secretaries of the National Education Union
  • Owen Jones - Guardian Journalist and author of "Chavs" and "The Establishment"
  • Stephen Hehir - Executive Headteacher at Epping St Johns, Epping Forest

Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney encapsulate why we've launched the HOPE Education Fund, and why we're committed to carrying out our work in schools free of charge:

At this critical time of a fragmented country and hate increasingly rearing its harmful head, the NEU is pleased to support the launch of Hope not Hate’s 'HOPE Education fund', designed to work in classrooms to help children and young people to empathise with and understand others. It has never been more important to ensure the foundations of social relations for all of our futures are compassionate and respectful.


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