In December, Christian Pountain, Head of RE from St. Christopher’s C of E school, Accrington, asked Emma Owen (former member of The Tribe) to deliver a lesson on sex and relationships from a Christian perspective. She had 15 years’ experience of delivering lessons in schools and thought it would be a one-off challenge. But the response from the pupils was so outstanding it overwhelmed Emma and she knew that this is what she had been called to do. By the time she left the school Respect ME was born.
Soon after, Respect ME was developed, looking at five issues that our young people struggle with, in a desire to help them build up their self image. These five topics –were written age-appropriately for the different ages of a High School. This enabled Respect ME to offer a programme that could be delivered to an entire school year on year, with the team returning to deliver new lessons to each year group and going on a journey with pupils through their entire time at secondary school, building up trust with them along the way.
Naomi, one of our tutors, moved to Manchester to train with the project with a heart to set it up in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2016 Respect ME South Africa was officially launched. A team of young people contextulaised the sessions making them accessible and relevant for a South African context.
In 2019 the team in South Africa was inspired to reach young people earlier with the project and developed the Respect ME Primary school project delivering sessions to grades 5,6 & 7 as well as sessions approriate for Youth groups.
We are constantly adding new team members as Respect ME grows in different locations. There are 5 different teams across South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Get to know the new tutors under Meet The Team.