Marcus Rashford, who was given an MBE last year for his charity work, has been using his online presence to promote good causes and fight food poverty, homelessness, illiteracy, and racism.
has been using his social media accounts to fight food by raising money for charity and persuading the UK government to continue free school meals for children. The 23-year-old also has been able to tackle homelessness, start a book club, and speak out against racist abuse he and other footballers have received in recent years.
Now pupils are going to study England international’s use of social media as an activism tool as part of their
media studies this year as the exam board looks to modernize and diversify its curriculum.
"This new addition to the course is part of our commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. We are also establishing an equality, diversity, and inclusion expert group to consider representation in the curriculum and assessment - and to ensure that decisions are informed by people who represent the full diversity of society,"
on the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance's (AQA) website read.
"Marcus Rashford has successfully used social media to promote his campaigns on food poverty, homelessness, and books for children, and influenced government policy on food vouchers during the school holidays. He was also commended for his comments and response to the racist abuse he himself and other Black England footballers received, after the Euro 2020 finals this summer.
"Last year he encouraged numerous individuals and commercial companies to participate in fundraising and direct action to help people in need, receiving an MBE for services to vulnerable children in the UK during the height of the pandemic. He also became the youngest person to top The Sunday Times Giving List after he helped to raise £20m for the food charity FareShare.”
The head of AQA’s creative arts curriculum, Sandra Allan, said:
"Marcus Rashford is one of the most influential and inspirational young people in the UK, so students can learn a huge amount from how he uses social media to make a real impact. It’s not just an opportunity for them to learn about social media – it’s also a great way to learn about important social and race issues as part of our commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion in the curriculum.
"Media studies is a contemporary and interactive subject which encourages students to develop their creative, analytical, research and communication skills, through exploring a range of media forms and perspectives. There has never been a better time to become a media studies student."
Rashford has said that he is going to continue promoting good causes and his fight against food poverty in England.
Speaking inThe Spectator
this month he opened up about the motivation behind his activism, saying:
"I’d be doing that community and my family a disservice if I did not use my platform to speak on behalf of the millions whose voices are not being heard.”
"What interests me is working together to find sustainable solutions. The long-term effects of a global pandemic will not be resolved with short-term relief packages. So it’s time for us all to unite with the passion we saw during the Euros and make sure every child in this country is given a fair chance, and that child hunger is eradicated."
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