Academy student earns top poetry prize

Manchester Academy student, Khadijah Mahmood has won the prestigious ‘Mother Tongue, Other Tongue’ competition. Her poem ‘Fierce Enemy’ won the regional final of the highly competitive poetry competition.

The ‘Mother Tongue’ competition requires participants who do not have English as a first language, or who speak a different language at home, to share a lullaby, poem or song from their Mother Tongue. Khadijah submitted her poem, which was about an attack on a school in Pakistan, in Urdu.

The Year 8 student received her prize at the National Celebration of the ‘Mother Tongue, Other Tongue’ competition, held on Thursday 30th June 2016. The event was held at Manchester Metropolitan University and attended by special guest Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malala’s father.

Called ‘Mother Tongue, Other Tongue,’ the competition is aimed at primary and secondary schools and is a national Laureate Education Project. Led by the Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy and co-ordinated by Routes into Languages, the scheme holds regional competitions and events throughout the year.

The project, which has been running since 2012, was originally devised by Manchester Metropolitan University and Routes into Languages North West and is officially endorsed by Malala Yousafzai, youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner and education activist.

Commenting on Khadijah’s success, Manchester Academy Principal Andy Griffin said “We are all very proud of Khadijah. Her poem is extremely thought provoking and a worthy winner of this excellent competition”.

TNT Education

Photo Credit: Nigel Barber

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