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Welcome, children of the world

Published: Thur, 2 Apr 2015
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Eddie Breslin, Good Relations officer, Elaine Donaghy, Tiny Tots, artist Sean O'Donnell with Eva, Claudia O'Neill, Housing Executive, Joseph, Yagoda, Oliver, Amelia, and Geraldine McGuinness, playgroup leader.
Tiny Tots art
The different cultures of the world have been brought to life by children at a Strathfoyle pre-school.
Murals representing cultures around the world have been erected on the outdoor play area of Tiny Tots Community Pre-School, thanks to over £2000 funding from our Shared Communities programme.
Tiny Tots commissioned artist Sean O’ Donnell to come into the pre-school to work with the children on the murals.
The group also held a shared communities day trip for children, parents and staff. A number of Polish children attend the pre-school so one of the parents gave a talk on Polish tradition and culture.
Elaine Donaghy, Project Manager of Tiny Tots Community Pre-School, said:
“To encourage inclusion, the children learned about different countries, cultures and religion and also enjoyed food tasting days to experience what children in other countries eat.
“I would like to thank the Housing Executive as this was a fantastic project. The children loved the art workshops and it was great to have the day out as it allowed all of the parents the opportunity to get to know one another in a social setting. And as a result, it’s something that we are going to try and do more of.”
Eddie Breslin, our Good Relations Officer, said:
“The Shared Communities Programme aims to develop shared areas where people choose to live with others, regardless of their religion or race, in a neighbourhood that is safe, welcoming to all and threatening to no-one.
“We are delighted to have been involved with the children. They are the future and ultimately this work will lead to better relationships within the community and help build a community where mutual respect and good community relations are commonplace,” he said.