Workshops try to broaden kids’ horizons
LONDONDERRY community relations officer Sue Divin says schools have been subscribing to a number of workshops including ‘Not so Serious Burns’ and Chinese New Year workshops to help local young people broaden their ethnic, religious and cultural horizons.
She said local primary and secondary schools have being taking part in ‘Culture Quarter 2013’ which offers a range of free activities for pupils.
She said: “Our ‘Not so Serious Burns’ workshops (linking in with Burns Night on 25th January and the Ulster Scots Culture) and the Chinese New Year workshop (linked to 10th February ‘Year of the Snake’ celebrations) were fully booked well in advance.
“The workshop dates were deliberately flexible to suit the schools and the quantity of workshops are numerous - running a number of times throughout each day in some cases
“It’s great that school pupils from all types of schools are getting to engage enthusiastically with cultures they wouldn’t necessarily know much about.”
She said the local authority would also be running a ‘My Culture’ competition to allow people highlight ways in which their culture and identity is important to them in different forms such as pictures, poems or essays.
“Winner’s entries will be published in the Community Relations Week Magazine in May of this year. The overall aim of the ‘Culture Quarter 2013’ programme and the role of the Community Relations is to work with young people towards promoting cultural diversity and awareness of and acceptance of diverse traditions represented in our local population,” she said.
For more information on ‘Culture Quarter 2013’ or for competition entry details for any young person to enter the competition contact Laura Gibson on email@example.com / Tel: 02871365151 ext. 8221
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