Mike Haines OBE, founder of Global Acts of Unity has given a talk to Gryffe High School a part of a national tour in efforts to tackle extremism.
In 2014, footage was released of the brutal execution of Mike Haines’s brother, British aid worker David Haines. David had been working for an NGO, assisting Syrian refugees when he was captured by Daesh terrorists and senselessly murdered after 18 months of brutal captivity.
In an attempt to spread discord and violence, footage was released to the world.
Now, defying terrorists’ aims, Mike Haines is undertaking a school tour to share his personal journey and spread a message of unity, tolerance and understanding. Harnessing the pain of losing his brother and best friend, Mike has chosen to tackle hatred head-on with his Global Acts of Unity campaign. His talks, and his powerful personal message, help give people the tools they need to tackle all forms of hatred and challenge extremism.
Awarded an OBE last year for his services to tolerance and education, Mike has travelled the world speaking to religious leaders and schools.
Mike Haines said: “The devastating loss of my brother had a life-changing impact on my family. We continue to feel his loss every day. It has not been an easy path to take, to channel that pain into a powerful, positive force for good. But it has been the right one.
Young people are the peacemakers of the future. I look forward to speaking to the students in Renfrewshire. Through ensuring our young people here, and across the country, know how to stand up to hatred we can together tackle extremism wherever we may find it.
By standing together, with acceptance and understanding, we will defeat those who seek to divide us.”
Mrs Patricia McGeough said: “A large number of pupils were privileged to hear Mike Haines OBE on Friday. Mike’s brother was murdered by ISIS, but rather than focus on the negatives, Mike now campaigns for greater compassion, understanding and kindness to promote unity between people from different backgrounds. Mike is a true inspiration. His story is so powerful and his response is a real challenge to us all to live a better life”.
To find out more about the Global Acts of Unity campaign, and to access free classroom resources on the issues, visit: www.mikehaines.globalactsofunity.com.