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Council’s ‘Primary aim’ of engagement with schoolchildren also proves to be great fun

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BT Coleraine

Primary 7 pupils continue to be a focus for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Good Relations staff – with a recent engagement with the youngsters proving to be a musical ‘hit’ and great fun for all.

“While this particular Good Relations initiative aims to give these young people a better understanding of Council, as well as an introduction to Good Relations as they prepare to move to secondary education – that doesn’t stop it from being great fun,” said the Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE,

“The aim is for young participants to feel confident and better equipped to engage in Good Relations activities after each event, with the one held in mid-January being an especially good example.

“The young people had an opportunity to not only enjoy the music on stage, but also to take part in a fun and interactive workshop with the group, Beyond Skin, a creative team of professional artists who promote diversity,” Cllr Wales added.

As well as Beyond Skin the ‘Orchestreds Refugies et amis’ also took to the stage with music representing refugees while the youngsters kept up the beat with accompanying drums and tambourines.

Council is carrying out a series of these Schools’ Engagement events for Primary 7 pupils – in Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne – the first of which took place in Ballymena on Monday 16 January.

The Mayor added: “It is wonderful that so many schools and children are taking part in this exciting new initiative.

“Mid & East Antrim Borough Council wants everyone who lives, work, plays – or goes to school – in this Borough to feel welcome, safe, respected and celebrated,” she said, adding that these events are designed to enhance those aims.

The first was at The Braid in Ballymena with the remainder arranged for Larne Town Hall, and for Carrickfergus Amphitheatre. Over 1,100 children representing 30 schools are set to take part.

“Projects like this Schools Engagement Programme are significant and important to Council as we continue to Work Together to Create a Better Future for All,” the Mayor concluded.

These events have been supported by the Arts Council NI, and The Executive Office through Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Good Relations Programme.

For more information about these events, or other Good Relations projects in the Mid and East Antrim Borough, contact your local Good Relations Officer: (Ballymena Office)[email protected] Tel 028 2563 3141 or (Carrickfergus Office) [email protected] Tel 028 9335 8312

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