Our Global Village - Donegal Primary Schools celebrate diversity

Our Global Village - Donegal Primary Schools celebrate diversity

Our Global Village - Donegal Primary Schools celebrate diversity

sue doherty

Six Donegal primary schools have just finished an exciting project through which they celebrated the diverse nature of our county's population. The two month long project, entitled ‘Our Global Village' explored issues such as stereotyping, prejudice and racism. All the children also worked to produce a giant jigsaw puzzle for their school, reflecting how each of us has something unique and valuable to offer our changing society. All the jigsaw puzzles were exhibited as part of Donegal County Council's Cultural Diversity Month.

All those who worked on the project came together last Friday for a closing ceremony in the Donegal Education Centre, Donegal Town.

Pupils from SN Tsratha Mhoir, Gartan, had nothing praise for their experience. "Today was a really nice day. We played games. Eilis read a story. After that we did art. It was a jigsaw and we all had to get a piece and it was great fun. It was about you.

"We also learned a new word ‘Prejudice'. It was a very big word and meant you shouldn't judge someone before you know them. We learned that although you are different you fit in and you don't judge people by the way they look.

"Without one piece the jigsaw isn't a jigsaw.

"We will never forget this day in S.N. Tsratha Mhoir."

Project Co-Ordinator Eilis Haden was equally positive: "Working with these six Donegal schools was a real privilege. The kids really engaged with the subject and their art work was bright and imaginative - representative of their wonderful personalities."

The project was supported by the European Regional Development Fund through Donegal County Council, The Peace and Reconciliation Group Derry/Londonderry and Donegal Education Centre.