Last week, the Sixth Form students were privileged to listen to Alex Ntung, one of the cofounders of Education4diversity, a charity designed to help celebrate and develop the potential of our diverse society through education. Born into a family of cattle herders in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he related his experiences growing up there and touched on the challenges of being a refugee. He has written a book, Not My Worst Day, about his early life.
Emmy (Year 13) writes: On Thursday we were lucky enough to be visited by Alex Ntung and have the chance to hear his story as an immigrant after surviving extreme violence and conflict in his home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo. I found his account of his experiences powerful, particularly his passion for learning even whilst enduring the horror of being a child soldier. It can be hard to imagine, from our positions of privilege, the lengths some must go to in order to receive an education, but Alex’s story allows one to acknowledge how lucky we are. Alongside sharing his story, Alex explored the parallels he has observed between the language used by various UK new sources in regards to migration and the language he saw used during the Rwandan genocide, encouraging us to consider our own internal biases and think critically about the portrayal of others lived experiences.
Freya (Year 12) writes: I was thoroughly engrossed by Alex’s talk. His story of his experiences as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo was harrowing, especially his description of what he witnessed after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. His criticism of the tabloids’ dehumanisation of migrants and discussion of how immigration links with climate change was thought-provoking. He was an engaging and compelling speaker, and I only wish we had more time to listen to what he had to say.