Loxford pupils nominated for our Young Citizen Award for anti-knife rap message

Inayah Aslam, 12, in the recording studio at Loxford Youth Centre

Inayah Aslam, 12, in the recording studio at Loxford Youth Centre - Credit: Archant

Two secondary school pupils will soon record a rap song to warn other youngsters of the dangers of knife crime.

Inayah Aslam and Maryam Maqsood, both 12, from Loxford School of Science and Technology, Loxford Lane, Ilford, have been nominated for the Recorder’s Young Citizen award for their hard work spreading the anti-knife message.

They were the “impetus” behind presentations made to two primary schools by Loxford pupils and they will soon record a song with safer neighbourhood team police officers.

Louise Kanolik, Loxford’s extended schools co-ordinator, said: “They were the driving force.

“The presentations were very successful and hard-hitting. It was done to a professional level.”

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The girls are now in the running for the Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award sponsored by the Exchange Ilford shopping centre.

They researched knife crime and wrote the script for the presentation.

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And they also encouraged other pupils to attend rehearsals at lunchtimes for two months, according to Ms Kanolik.

After speaking to their year group, they, and their form, went to Mayfield School, Pedley Road, Goodmayes, and Woodlands Junior School, Loxford Lane, Ilford, in March to talk to younger pupils.

Inayah said: “We were trying to tell everyone that if you do kill someone, there’s big consequences.

“You could go in jail for the whole of your life and you could ruin other people’s families.”

The presentation included the rap song, a piece of drama and a PowerPoint display.

Their Woodlands talk was seen by Redbridge police’s borough commander, Det Ch Supt Sue Williams.

They were nominated by Rima Kakkad, the school’s head of citizenship.

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