Over 250 students from Year 7 – 10 at Albany Academy took part in the ‘Dove self-esteem project’. The project which has reached over 21 million people globally is designed to be very thought provoking, challenged both male and female students to think about their conceived views of beauty and what they should look like.
The project which has been touring the UK explored 3 main topics; appearance pressures, professional media and social media through a series tasks and discussions. Students were encouraged to reflect upon their feelings on the topics covered and these discussions really highlighted to students how their appearance should not affect them as individuals.
Jessica, the project coordinator, from Dove said, “The students participated from Year 7,8,9 and 10 and their contributions to the workshops was outstanding. We would like to thank all students who took part and the staff involved in organising the day. We really hope students continue with their great work and have the confidence to reach their full potential.”
At the end of each session the students were asked to write a pledge and an example of this was from one Year 8 class, who stated, “I pledge to feel good about myself and not want to look like everyone else. I pledge not to feel insecure about myself and to try and avoid feeling pressured.”
Year 8 and 9 Pastoral Officer, Mrs Anderson, who coordinated the workshops, said, “This was a fantastic learning experience for the students. They appeared shocked at just how unrealistic images in the public eye are. I believe they will be less likely to take them at face value in the future.