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Pupils complete leadership course created in memory of stabbing victim Godwin Lawson
Teenagers who met politicians and undertook teamwork challenges as part of a programme to develop future leaders have been presented with awards.
Eleven pupils from St Ignatius School in Turkey Street, Enfield received certificates for their efforts in the scheme, organised by the Godwin Lawson Foundation.
The foundation was set up by Yvonne Lawson, whose son Godwin was stabbed in Amhurst Park, London, in March, 2010.
The 17-year-old had a promising career as a professional footballer and had been signed up by Oxford United’s academy.
Inspired by her son's memory, Ms Lawson has worked to tackle knife crime by turning teenagers into role models.
In the past six months, pupils have listened to motivational speakers, worked in teams and las month visited the Houses of Parliament with Enfield MP Nick de Bois and Tottenham MP David Lammy.
Mrs Lawson said: “We have been able to create something very positive out of something so tragic. It is just amazing to see the boys have such a positive experience and some of them will be coming back to help next year’s students as peace ambassadors.”
Mrs Lawson hopes to set up a scheme at her son’s former school next year and expand the programme into all the borough's schools.
She said: “Once the funding comes in, we can set up the course free of charge to pupils and we also hope that other schools allow us to go into their school and teach the pupils about knife crime.”