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September 17 2018

Nil by Mouth’s Emma Alexander and NLC Cllr Frank McNally joining pupils and staff from Mossend and Holy Family Primary Schools at the Science Centre Roadshow in Mossend Primary

Two award winning Mossend schools have teamed up to help Nil by Mouth promote equality across North Lanarkshire.

Over a hundred pupils from Mossend and Holy Family Primary Schools joined Nil By Mouth’sAction on Sectarianism Week’ by taking part in a special day of activities including a visit from the Glasgow Science Centre. The pupils were joined by NLC Education Convener and Local Councillor Frank McNally who came along to lend his support for their partnership.

In June, the schools were awarded an Excellence and Equity Award by North Lanarkshire Council in recognition of their partnership work challenging sectarianism in recent years.  Since 2014 more than 500 pupils from both schools have taken part in the programme which has seen a range of initiatives including workshops, joint visits to museums, sports days, making films and albums and, in January this year, a joint Burns Night Ceilidh.

From 10-17th September hundreds of people from across North Lanarkshire took part in workshops, presentations, staff training and sports activities led by Nil by Mouth aimed at promoting positive community relations and highlighting the negative impact of sectarian attitudes on society. The Action Week programme is being supported by the Scottish Government Community Safety Unit as part of ongoing efforts across the country to support education work which tackles religious bigotry and celebrates the diversity of our society.

Nil By Mouth Director Dave Scott said:
‘It’s always a pleasure to visit Mossend to see the work these two amazing schools are doing together in partnership. This is one of the best school partnerships for promoting equalities in Scotland and we really wanted to use our North Lanarkshire Action Week as a chance to do something special for the pupils involved. The Science Centre roadshow is an excellent way of encouraging learning about the world together and it was great to see the children enjoy time in each other’s company.  This has been one of the busiest weeks on record for our charity with hundreds of people signing up for our workshops and events right across North Lanarkshire. We want to use this week to hammer home the message that Scotland is bigger, brighter and bolder than bigotry and this is the generation which will prove that once and for all.’