Dancing, singing, music and culture will feature at a celebration event marking the end of the Tendring Junior Wardens’ project for 2018.
This term year six pupils from six Tendring schools have learnt about different cultures as part of the initiative, which this year is tackling the issue of hate crime.
Youngsters have taken part in workshops, learning about Chinese culture and calligraphy, Bollywood dance and African drumming and storytelling. They have also taken part in art sessions from the Essex County Council-run Jaywick Martello Tower.
Particularly engaging sessions were delivered by Refugee Action Colchester, where a teenage Syrian refugee told children about his experiences when fleeing conflict since the age of nine.
Schools involved this term are Great Bentley Primary; St George’s C of E Primary, Great Bromley; Sir Martin Frobisher Academy, Jaywick; Holland Park Primary, Clacton; Alton Park Junior, Clacton; and Harwich Community Primary.
The project is culminating in a showcase event at the Tendring Education Centre on Friday, November 30, where young people will demonstrate some of the arts and knowledge they have learnt.
A booklet, featuring poems and literature created by pupils steered by an author who was part of the Junior Wardens project, will also be launched.
Six other schools took part in the scheme last term.
The initiative has been funded by £10,000 from the Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Development Fund, with funding also given by the Friends of Jaywick Martello Tower and the Jaywick Sands Community Forum. The project is run by Tendring District Council (TDC).
Lynda McWilliams, TDC Cabinet Member for Health and Education, said the project was continuing to grow.
“Junior Wardens is a brilliant way to engage with young people about various issues, and is going from strength to strength,” Cllr McWilliams said.
“The team is already looking ahead to the 2019 project, and there has already been interest from other partners wanting to get involved, showing just what an impact the project has.
“I eagerly await the performances from the children at the celebration event which I am sure will be fantastic.”