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Children Hit the Tourist Trail

Published: Wed, 24 Jan 2018
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Michael Cooper, Derry Blue Badge Tours, with pupils from Fountain Primary School
Over 150 local schoolchildren enjoyed some time out of the classroom recently to visit some of the most historic sites and to learn about the events that have shaped their own city.
Michael Cooper, from Derry Blue Badge Tours, took children on a journey through the city’s shared history with the aim of instilling a new sense of pride and understanding in their home city.
The tours are part of the Tus Maith Schools Project, which is run in partnership with our Social Education Project and the Triax Neighbourhood Management Team.
The overall project aims to raise the children’s feelings of social responsibility and ownership of their own communities through a number of activities including classroom talks, poster competitions, photography projects, city tours and environmental activities.
Our Social Education Officer, Patrick Duddy, said:
“The tours are a much anticipated part of the Tus Maith Schools Project – they give the kids a chance to get out and about to see up close the city that they’re being asked to help look after; while also teaching them about some of the pivotal events which have shaped the city they live in today. Many of the pupils visited parts of the city they had never been in before.”
Colm Barton, Triax Neighbourhood Management Team added:
“The whole Tus Maith Schools Project is a great chance to get the children involved with their communities, and to show them the positive changes that they can support. "
It’s been a great example of a partnership working between the school, Housing Executive and ourselves at the Triax Neighbourhood Management Team.”
Over the past year almost 1700 children have taken part in the project from; Fountain Primary School, Long Tower Primary School, Nazareth House Primary School, St Eugene’s Primary School, St John’s Primary School, Holy Child Primary School and Gaelscoil Eadian Mhoir