New multicultural mural unveiled at Strathfoyle

Pictured at the launch of the new art work at the Tiny Tots Community Pre-School are Eddie Breslin, Housing Executive Good Relations officer, Elaine Donaghy, project manager and artist Sean O'Donnell with Eva, Claudia O'Neill, from the Housing Executive, Joseph, Yagoda, Oliver, Amelia, and Geraldine McGuinness, playgroup leader.

Pictured at the launch of the new art work at the Tiny Tots Community Pre-School are Eddie Breslin, Housing Executive Good Relations officer, Elaine Donaghy, project manager and artist Sean O'Donnell with Eva, Claudia O'Neill, from the Housing Executive, Joseph, Yagoda, Oliver, Amelia, and Geraldine McGuinness, playgroup leader.

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Murals representing cultures around the world have been erected on the outdoor play area of Tiny Tots Community Pre-School in Strathfoyle thanks to over £2,000 in funding from the Housing Executive’s Shared Communities programme.

Tiny Tots commissioned artist Sean O’Donnell to come into the pre-school to work with the children on the murals.

The group also held a shared communities day trip for children, parents and staff. A number of Polish children attend the pre-school so one of the parents gave a talk on Polish tradition and culture.

Elaine Donaghy, Project Manager, of Tiny Tots Community Pre-School, said: “To encourage inclusion, the children learned about different countries, cultures and religion and also enjoyed food tasting days to experience what children in other countries eat.

“I would like to thank the Housing Executive as this was a fantastic project. The children loved the art workshops and it was great to have the day out as it allowed all of the parents the opportunity to get to know one another in a social setting. And as a result, it’s something that we are going to try and do more of.”

Eddie Breslin, Housing Executive Good Relations Officer, said: “The Shared Communities Programme aims to develop shared areas where people choose to live with others, regardless of their religion or race, in a neighbourhood that is safe, welcoming to all and threatening to no-one.

“We are delighted to have been involved with the children. They are the future and ultimately this work will lead to better relationships within the community and help build a community where mutual respect and good community relations are commonplace.”