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Council delivers Cultural Diversity free workshops in local schools.

09 June 2015

Derry City and Strabane District Council is delighted at the uptake so far from local schools for the Spring 2015 round of ‘Culture Quarter’.  Over 180 workshops  have been booked to date under the initiative which promotes diversity and good relations to classes of primary schools across the Council area.

“Culture Quarter has been run since 2013 by the former Derry City Council and we are delighted to continue it into the new Council area and at the uptake from schools which are new to the initiative” explained Sue Divin, Community Relations Officer.  “This term we are offering 7 different types of workshops – ‘Different Drums’; ‘Marching Bands’; ‘Fantastic Philippines’; ‘Africa – Land of Cultures’; ‘Bridges – Shared Space’; ‘Feasts and Festivals’ and ‘St.Columba for all’.

Under the initiative, primary schools are offered free workshops, mainly delivered in their school.  All workshops support the curriculum for Personal Development and Mutual Understanding Strand 2 ‘Mutual Understanding in the Local and Wider Community’.

 Local trained facilitators from different identities including Black and Minority Ethnic identities, the Londonderry Bands Forum, STEM Aware, the St.Columba Heritage Centre and Different Drums are involved in delivery of the June workshops.  For many children it is not just the content of the workshop, but actually meeting someone from a different background that makes a big impact in their thinking.  Music, Art, Craft and even science and technology activities are employed to make the workshops fun and engaging as well as educational.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion endorsed the initiative saying: “It is great to see so many hundreds of children and teachers engaging in age-appropriate work to promote respect for equality and diverse traditions.   Our council area is a very diverse place and for its future growth and wellbeing needs to be a place all communities can live together and value differences and where sectarianism and racism are a thing of the past.”

There are still about 50 workshops available for booking and any schools in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area can check availability and book by contacting [email protected] or tel: 02871253253 ext 8225

Culture Quarter is funded through the District Council’s Good Relations Programme with support from OFMDFM.