March 2 2018

Pupils discuss common stereotypes with NBM Education Officer Jamie Lithgow

Pupils from two primary schools in Rutherglen have joined forces with Nil By Mouth to challenge sectarianism together.

Pupils from Spittal and St Mark’s primary schools have this week enjoyed their first workshop with NBM and are looking forward to a follow-up visit. Funded by The Gannochy Trust, NBM’s ‘Champions for Change programme consists of joint workshops which sees pupils investigate common stereotypes, the consequences of sectarian language and learn how differences should be celebrated rather than feared. Thereafter the plan is for the P7 pupils to carry their message of friendship forward into the local community.

The Gannochy Trust have provided £10,000 to support Nil By Mouth’s ‘Champions for Change’ schools programme across school year 2017/18 which sees thousands of pupils from across Scotland participate in workshops, sporting competitions and cultural activities together. A key part of the programme sees pupils from denominational and non-denominational schools link in with the charity to participate in a series of workshops exploring stereotypes, sectarianism, identity and misconceptions about religions and beliefs different to their own.

Nil By Mouth Education Officer, Jamie Lithgow said:

‘I am delighted to be visiting Spittal and St Mark’s as they clearly already have a fantastic relationship. Schools that actively work together like this deserve to have their efforts recognised, which is exactly what the Champions for Change Award was created for. I’m already looking forward to me next visit in a week or two.’