May 13 2019

Nil by Mouth are delighted to have been invited to partner with Napier University on a programme which will help primary school children better understand difference and raise educational attainment in Edinburgh.

Led by the University’s Marketing and External Relations team, the Beyond Aspiration programme aims to address some of the below average performance indicators associated with the south-west of Edinburgh with regards to employment, housing, health, crime as well as education, skills and training. The programme focuses on instilling a sense of academic aspiration and pride into participants, alongside highlighting the opportunities and pathways into further and higher education.

Primary six pupils from Sighthill, Canal View, Murrayburn, Colinton and Broomhouse Primary Schools will take part in Nil By Mouth workshops over the next three weeks. The interactive workshops will see learners investigate common stereotypes, the consequences of sectarian language and learn how differences should be celebrated rather than feared. Commencing on May 13th, the charity’s partnership with the university will run until June 6th.

Gary Seath, Community and Partnership Officer at Edinburgh Napier, said:
‘Edinburgh Napier University believes strongly in its wider role with regards to promoting academic aspiration as well as positive health and well-being and social integration within the local community. The opportunity to participate in sporting and academic taster sessions, as well as engage with positive role models, we hope will serve to inspire, motivate and encourage young people to pursue positive pathways in the future. Should that positive pathway translate to attending university in the future, I hope they can reflect on their earlier, positive experiences at Edinburgh Napier and be reassured that they will be supported at every step of their student journey.’

Jamie Lithgow, Education Officer for Nil By Mouth, said:
‘Nil By Mouth are delighted that Napier  have invited us to participate in this programme. It is a fantastic endorsement of our services and we hope we can contribute to positive outcomes for the pupils involved in both the short and long term. Sectarianism is not exclusive to the west of Scotland so this project provides a fantastic opportunity for us to engage with young people from different areas with potentially different views and attitudes towards the issue.’