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On Monday 13 November Kanbar Hossein-Bor, a British diplomat and former acting ambassador of Liberia, joined the Linking Network in visiting Grange Technology College and Carlton Bolling College in the Bradford district.
Kanbar, an Iranian refugee who left Iran aged 7, was educated in the UK, became a lawyer and went on to work for the British Diplomatic Service. His next posting will be to Bangladesh.
The visit was an opportunity for Kanbar to talk to the young people about his own life experiences as a child refugee and how he built a life for himself in the UK, a country he feels proud to represent as it offers ‘opportunity to all, irrespective of background’.
During the visit, Kanbar spoke to the students about how the UK has been a safe place for him, providing freedom and choices. This, he believed, gives the UK its strength and vibrancy. He spoke to the students about seizing opportunities and avoiding ‘Imposter Syndrome’ where you think you don’t have the right to be in a situation or role because of your past and how he had had to work through that in his life and work as a diplomat.
As part of the visit the Humanitarian work of the UK in countries across the world such as that currently taking place in Bangladesh was highlighted. Students were introduced to the ‘Britain Helps’ website, a cross government initiative run by the Home Office, the Department for Education and the Department for International Development to educate about Humanitarian work.
The campaign works to fund charities and UN programmes in delivering aid abroad in places of conflict, with the aim of helping these countries rebuild their societies and communities for the sustainable future.
Following on from this, The Linking Network will be working with students in the schools to produce an assembly or a blog about Humanitarian work. The winning student team from the district will have the opportunity to visit Westminster.
The day was a major success, with students from both schools eager to hear Kanbar’s story and personal journey.