Elham Asaad Buaras
London Islamic School has been awarded silver accreditation in their School Travel Plan. Transport for London’s (TfL) STARS programme was launched in 2007 to encourage children, parents and teachers to adopt more sustainable ways of travelling to school around the capital.
More than 1,500 schools in the capital are judged on the number of initiatives delivered and their success in changing travel behaviour with Bronze, Silver and Gold accreditation levels.
The all-boys Muslim school was awarded ‘School of excellence pupil led project award 2017’ in an event held at the City Hall Chambers on December 5.
The school was also highlighted as one of the top performing schools in London by receiving a ‘School of excellence award’ which recognises schools that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in one of seven travel areas: walking, scootering, cycling, road safety, public transport, pupil led projects and partnership working. LIS was awarded the award under the category of pupil-led projects, demonstrating the best in peer-to-peer leadership.
The Youth Travel (YTA)Ambassadors team comprised of students: Hanif Hussain, Yamin Yusuf, Mizanur Rahman, Musab Dayah Ali, Waseem Nawaz and Abdul-Muhsin Muadth.
Among the many well-executed ideas the YTA team formulated is an analytical travel survey which tracked travel efficiency and paired students travelling from the same destination in a car share scheme.
The students also set up an active travel week which consisted of giving pedometers to registered members, tracking cards to those who cycled or got of a few stops earlier to walk, a breakfast club for the participants who arrived to school early, data analysis on their improvements and finally certificates issued to students who completed the programme for the week.
Head of Citizenship at the school Mohammed Yaser, told The Muslim News “I’m extremely proud of the boys in the YTA team, they have worked with immense dedication and commitment to get to where we are right now, I did not anticipate that the boys would be able to build a project of this nature from scratch to promote active travel not only for our students, but we can now proudly say for the whole community.”