The Educators: Enhancing wellbeing in learning @MegZeenat, @BecomingXteam & @CapitaPlc
“I remember thinking finally, someone actually can see that I'm not okay. Finally, I'm going to get the help that I need. Finally, no-one's going to be expecting me to be perfect all the time.”
In this episode we hear from award-winning mental health campaigner and founder of My Mind Matters Too, Meg Zeenat Waminthi, who discusses the importance of supporting young people, shares why it’s crucial to recognise young people struggling with their mental health and ask the important question: “Are you okay?”.
Recognised as one of the most inspiring students in the UK, Meg shares her personal experiences of mental illness and reveals how one exceptional teacher changed everything for her, demonstrating how the education system can change to support young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Caution: This episode of The Educators is certainly inspiring – but it contains references to self-harm and suicidal thoughts from the outset. So if that sounds like it might be difficult for you to listen to please check out one of the other episodes in our series.
Meg Zeenat Wamithi: Enhancing wellbeing in learning
Produced by BecomingX and Capita, the series presents their views on the urgent actions needed to create a UK education system that is fit for the future.
Through the interviews, four key priorities emerged to help ensure that a post lockdown education system can provide every young person with the opportunity to realise their potential.
At a time of unprecedented disruption to education, BecomingX and Capita interviewed eight of the UK’s top educators and commentators to explore how the education system can create a brighter future for the UK’s youth.
They collectively identified four key priorities to ensure every young person can realise their potential:
- The need to ‘level up’ in education
- The importance of personal development, skills and creativity
- The need to invest in technology to drive efficiency and enhance quality
- The necessity for greater mental health and wellbeing support
‘The Educators’ is produced by Capita and BecomingX, a learning and development organisation co-founded by adventurer and TV presenter Bear Grylls, as part of a new partnership between the two organisations to unlock potential through education and lifelong learning.
Those interviewed, included, for example Andria Zafirakou MBE, winner of the global teacher prize 2018, Lord Dr Michael Hastings CBE Chancellor of Regents University and John Murphy, CEO of Oasis Community Learning.
The three-year partnership will see Capita sponsor ‘BecomingX Education’, a new digital personal development solution, for 100 UK schools, helping students to raise their aspirations and build the skills and confidence to succeed.
BecomingX is a learning and development organisation that aims to create a world where everyone can realise their potential. We work with the world’s most inspiring and iconic people to understand the personal attributes that underpin high performance and to help demystify what it really takes to succeed. Combining our in-depth understanding of high performance and our expertise in personal development, we help education providers and companies to build the skills, knowledge, attitudes and relationships needed to succeed. BecomingX is a ‘B Corporation’, certified to meet the highest standards of social and environmental impact and is the highest scoring education company in the UK.
Capita is a consulting, transformation and digital services business and a leading supplier of strategic solutions to the education sector. Every day our 61,000 colleagues help millions of people, by delivering innovative solutions to transform and simplify the connections between businesses and customers, governments and citizens. We partner with clients and provide the insight and cutting-edge technologies that give time back, allowing them to focus on what they do best and making people’s lives easier and simpler. We operate in the UK, Europe, India and South Africa – and across six divisions: Customer Management; Government Services; People Solutions; Software; Specialist Services; and Technology Solutions.