City kids show great imagination
Published: Mon, 26 Jan 2015
Kids in Derry-Londonderry are showing great imagination in planning ways they can improve their own communities.
The schoolchildren are all involved in the ‘Fresh Start’ project, a partnership between the Triax Neighbourhood Management Team and our Social Education Project.
Gaelscoil Eadain Mhoir, Fountain PS, Long Tower PS, Nazareth House PS, St Eugene’s PS, St John’s PS and Holy Child PS are all taking part in the project. Every pupil in the area has been involved in classroom talks, practical activities and finally a poster competition, all focusing on how they can help their local communities.
In the poster competition, junior classes were asked to show the best things about where they lived, with the senior classes challenged to highlight what they’d like to change to improve their community.
Patrick Duddy, our Social Education officer, added:
“The posters were fantastic, with the kids showing a real understanding of the issue discussed in the school talks. Some of the ideas for improving their communities have also really revealed great imagination. Narrowing each class down to one winner was a tough task.”
Colm Barton, Development Worker with the Triax Neighbourhood Management team, said:
"The Tus Maith schools education project is a fantastic opportunity to work with local school children right across the Triax area and the feedback is tremendous. It is a pleasure and a privilege to help raise environmental awareness amongst local children and the enjoyment they get from it makes it all worthwhile."