June 2 2017

Pupils from Glencairn and St John’s work together to battle bigotry in a Nil By Mouth workshop

Nil By Mouth’s campaign to build bridges between people in Scotland has been boosted by the efforts of kind children from two North Ayrshire schools.

Pupils from Glencairn Primary and St John’s Primary in Stevenston have kindly donated the profits of their stationary shop to support the charity’s work. The P7 pupils raised £60 by running stalls for younger pupils selling stationary they had designed themselves.

The money will be used to support the charity’s Champions for Change programme which encourages schools to work together on initiatives aimed at raising awareness of the harmful impact of sectarianism in society and to devise events and campaigns to celebrate diversity. Over the last twelve months more than 6,700 pupils from across Scotland have taken part in workshops, assemblies, inter-school events and projects through the programme.

For the third year in a row, Nil By Mouth have worked with primary seven pupils from Glencairn and St John’s Primaries during joint workshops involving a range activities exploring issues around stereotyping, identity, discrimination and how they can work together to better understand difference.

Nil by Mouth Education Officer Jamie Lithgow said:
‘The pupils of Glencairn and St John’s clearly value the diversity in their community and we are delighted that they have made such a generous donation to our cause. We have always been committed to keeping our education programme free of charge to schools across the country and donations like this are a big help in ensuring this remains the case. The kindness and commitment shown by these pupils reminds us that Scotland is bigger, brighter and bolder than bigotry.’