December 4 2019
The efforts of three North Lanarkshire primary schools to embrace difference and celebrate friendship have been recognised at an annual showcase.
Pupils from Baird Memorial, St Helen’s and Condorrat primary schools joined forces in a special showcase event letting parents see the work they have been undertaking in conjunction with Nil By Mouth as part of the charity’s ‘Champions for Change’ education programme.
During November, primary 7 pupils from the three schools worked together in a series of Nil By Mouth workshops looking at stereotyping and sectarian language before teachers helped pupils to devise their own methods of tackling sectarianism. The fruits of this labour were on display at the recent showcase with pupils performing an anti-sectarian rap and displaying their artistic side with their own campaign against sectarian language.
The partnership between the schools dates back several years and is now known as The Condorrat Together Project. 2019 marks its fifth years working alongside Nil By Mouth. The example shown to other schools by the project has earned this year P7’s their award.
Champions for Change is Nil by Mouth’s nationwide schools programme which seeks to promote positive relationships between children from different religious and cultural traditions through a range of educational, sporting and cultural activities. Since it was launched in 2011, more than 30,000 pupils from over 140 schools right across Scotland have taken part.
Nil By Mouth Education Officer, Jamie Lithgow, Said:
‘We are absolutely delighted to award The Condorrat Together Project 2019 a Champions for Change Award. These three schools are the example I always mention to other schools who are interested in engaging with our programme. The way Baird, St Helen’s and Condorrat seamlessly work in partnership and engage with parents and the community is exactly what we want to encourage more schools to do. They have more than earned the right to call themselves Champions for Change.’