Conference gives Lowestoft Sixth Form College students detailed insight into counter terrorism
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It is a topic that appears in newspapers and on televisions across the globe - but one many do not have succinct understanding of.
However students at a Lowestoft Sixth Form College now have a better understanding of the word terrorism, after a full day of debate, discussion and talks around it.
Year 12 students at the college have taken part in a conference arranged in collaboration with the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco) called Take Your Place Against terrorism.
The conference saw students take part in a variety of workshops and discussions designed to dispel misconceptions and educate around the controversial matter.
It also saw a wide range of guest speakers take part in question and answer sessions and a panel, including Muslim scholar and former jihadist Manwar Ali and former English Defence League organiser Ivan Humble.
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David Gartland, college vice principal said: 'The event was all about educating and breaking down preconceptions students may have about terrorism and raise awareness of the different forms it can take.
'We were lucky enough to have some really insightful speakers with extremely interesting perspectives, making it quite the eye-opening experience for our students.'
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Also among the speakers were Nicholas Caldwell - a lecturer from the University of Suffolk who discussed cyberterrorism - and University of East Anglia researcher Akinyeme Oyawale who discussed what terrorism is and its placement in politics.
Hayley Chambers, an 18-year-old student from Wrentham, said: 'Before today when I heard the word terrorism, all I really thought of was suicide bombers, but now I feel I really understand that it can be so much more than just that.'
Fellow student Ellie Harper, 16 of Lowestoft, added: 'I have learned people who have bad thoughts can have the capacity to change them into something positive.'
Laura Davies, a neaco higher education champion, said: 'We were delighted to have helped organise such a diverse event. I hope it gave a great taste of some alternative areas of study to pursue at higher education level whilst discussing topics relevant to the world today.'