Editor’s comment: Help us celebrate our young achievers

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 September 2017

Barking youth parade at Abbey Green. Picture: PAUL BENNETT

Barking youth parade at Abbey Green. Picture: PAUL BENNETT


It’s important to celebrate the positive aspects of our communities, particularly our young people.

This year’s Youth Parade did exactly that as hundreds of children took part in the event.

Now in its fourth year the parade seeks to celebrate the inspirational children in the borough and showcase their contribution to society.

Around the country we are often quick to criticise schoolchildren or judge them solely on academic performance without realising that inspiring them and celebrating their achievements can be hugely beneficial to their outlook and future success.

For one reason or another young people have always got a bad press but I like to think we are more balanced with our approach at the Post.

Investing in our children is the most important thing we can do.

Every aspect has a part to play, whether it’s improving education through investment and new school developments, rewarding and celebrating success or giving young people greater opportunities to gain skills needed in the workplace as they go on to secondary or further education. At the Post we fully support the Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards and carry regular coverage with schools throughout the year. But I’m certain for every story we publish there are many more we don’t get to hear about.

If your child is a fundraising superstar, a sporting legend in the making or an academic genius we want to hear from you. So drop me an email so we can profile their story in the Post.

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