GCSE media studies students in Britain will learn about Marcus Rashford’s incredible use of social media following his influential charitable work.
The Manchester United star was added to the course this month following his increasing profile as a national treasure. His voice has grown on a series of social issues during the pandemic and it shocked not only the nation but the world when he forced the UK government into two U-turns to ensure vulnerable social children would receive meals during the summer months.
Sandra Allan, exam board AQA’s head of curriculum for creative arts, said (via Irish Times): “I’m really excited by the changes we’ve made – they’re engaging and relevant and will inspire and motivate.
“Marcus Rashford is one of the most influential and inspirational young people in the UK, so students can learn a huge amount from how he uses social media to make a real impact.
“It’s not just an opportunity for them to learn about social media – it’s also a great way to learn about important social and race issues as part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the curriculum.”
She added a personal view that, “There has never been a better time to become a media studies student.”
It’s understood the new profile addition of Marcus Rashford is part of the exam board’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion – all things he speaks brilliantly about.
Part of me feels how lucky are these kids getting to study a Manchester United footballer because a lot of what I had to research, back at school, was pretty boring.
Rashford has successfully used social media to promote his campaigns on child food poverty, as well as persuading the youth of today to read more books.
The England star was made an MBE in 2020.