It has been announced that UK students enrolled in GCSE Media Studies will study Manchester United player Marcus Rashford’s role as an activist and social activist.
Students will explore the 23-year-old attacker’s philanthropy, particularly how he uses social media to highlight pressing social issues such as structural racism, poverty and the school lunch crisis.
The AQA Board of Directors praised Rashford for his communication skills and for the way he draws the attention of his followers to pressing social issues. “Marcus Rashford is one of the most influential and inspiring young people in the UK, so students can learn a lot from how he uses social media to make a real impact,” said Sandra Allan, Head of AQA Creative Arts Program. The Guardian. âIt’s not only an opportunity for them to learn more about social media, it’s also a great way to learn more about important social and racial issues as part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the program. “
Rashford has been in the public spotlight for the past 12 months as he questioned Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Tory MPs about their inability to properly feed hungry children during the COVID-19 pandemic during school holidays.
Addressing MPs last year with an open letter, Rashford wrote: ‘My mother was working full time, earning minimum wage, to make sure we always had a good evening meal on the table, but this was not enough. The system was not designed for families like mine to be successful, no matter how hard my mom worked. “
This year, Rashford raised Â£ 20million for child food poverty and used his Burberry partnership to help youth clubs and charities in London and Manchester.
Additional Topics Added to GCSE Media Schedule Include Marvel’s Black Widow Character, Heat Magazine, Fantasy Drama Its dark materials and the Kiss radio breakfast. With the British education system often criticized for its lack of diversity and representation, adding Rashford’s activism to the school curriculum is a step in the right direction.
The new GCSE program will land across the country next September.