March 16 2018

Schools from across Armadale came together to celebrate difference

Hundreds of school pupils across West Lothian have teamed up with Nil By Mouth to tackle sectarianism during our most recent ‘Action Week’.

The initiative sees the charity deliver a sustained week of workshops, presentations, training, activities and events right across a local authority area in order to raise awareness of sectarianism and promote positive community relations. This involves hundreds of people in schools, businesses, local authorities, colleges and community projects across each area.

Workshops were delivered to P7 pupils at St Mary’s Primary School in Bathgate while presentations to hundreds of S2 and S3 pupils at Whitburn Academy where well received. Senior pupils from Whitburn Academy even chose to make a donation of £718 to the charity. The money was raised at the school’s Christmas faire with Nil By Mouth, West Lothian Foodbank and Jaks Den chosen as the charities to benefit from the profits. This generous donation will be used to further Nil By Mouth’s work across schools in Scotland.

Amy Fleming, Abigael Mitchell, Karen Henderson and their teacher, Ms Watson, present the cheque to Nil By Mouth Education Officer, Jamie Lithgow

The ‘Action Week’ concluded by bringing together pupils from five schools in Armadale for a day of exploring science together in conjunction with the Glasgow Science Centre. The schools involved were St Anthony’s, Southdale, Eastertoun, Armadale and Blackridge primaries.

Thanks to support from the Scottish Government Community Safety Unit, Nil By Mouth’s next ‘Action Week’ will commence across Renfrewshire in just a few days.

Nil By Mouth Education Officer, Jamie Lithgow said:

‘We are absolutely delighted with the success of our second ‘Action Week’ and extremely grateful to Ms Watson and pupils Amy, Abigael and Karen from Whitburn Academy for choosing to make such a generous donation. This really was an added bonus to what was already such a fun, productive and rewarding week for us across West Lothian.’