School pupils across the District benefit from multi-cultural education programme

12th March 2019

Hundreds of school pupils from across the Fermanagh and Omagh District have been taking part in an interactive multi-cultural education initiative as part of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Good Relations Programme.

Two-hour educational workshops have been taking place in 20 primary and secondary schools throughout February and March to raise cultural awareness among young people across the District.

The multi-cultural programme explores stereotypes and encourages respect for diversity through music, drama and fun art-based activities, such as Indian Henna Painting, Polish Paper Cutting and Russian Paper Art.

Young people have also participated in African Drumming whilst learning about the history and culture of Zimbabwe, and Polish Folk Dance, where participants have had the opportunity to learn steps, try on traditional costume and ask questions about Polish culture.

Speaking about the unique multi-cultural education programme, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Howard Thornton, said:

“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is committed to promoting equality and good relations for everyone in the district. Equality, inclusivity and diversity are placed at the core of all of the Council’s services and actions, as it strives to work towards achieving a shared future for all. The Council is delighted to have been able to offer our young people the opportunity to learn about a range of cultures and traditions through this schools’ programme.”

The multi-cultural programme, delivered by ArtsEkta on behalf of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council with financial support from the Council’s Good Relations Programme, assisted by the Executive Office, has been developed to complement, ‘The World Around Us’ section of the National Curriculum.

For further information about Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Good Relations Programme, please contact Good Relations Officer, Rumena Kostadinova-McCabe, by telephoning 0300 303 1777, text phone 028 8225 6216 or emailing rumena.kostadinova-mccabe@fermanaghomagh.com.