Over 800 schoolchildren from across the borough have attended an engagement programme organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.
As part of Council’s Good Relations Programme, P7 pupils took part in a number of events at the Larne Leisure Centre, The Braid Arts Centre Ballymena and the Amphitheatre Carrickfergus.
These events provided the opportunity for young people to learn more about the role of their local council and engage in sessions around promoting positive, good relations and celebrating diversity.
Through the Together Building a United Community Strategy – the government has the shared aim to create a community where young people have a full and active role in building good relations.
Educational events such as these are important in helping to achieve this goal.
Speaking after all these events, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Maureen Morrow, said: “This Good Relations initiative has been about helping to equip our Primary 7 pupils as they prepare to move to secondary education.
“The aim of these events is about ensuring our young participants feel confident and better equipped to engage in good relations.
“Also to help them to understand the diversity of our Borough and importantly what their role, as future leaders, can be in helping to promote good relations in Mid and East Antrim.”
“I would take this opportunity to Artsekta for their fun dance and music workshops which assisted our young people in celebrating diversity.
“Mid & East Antrim Borough Council wants everyone who lives, learns, works and plays in this Borough to feel welcome, safe, respected and celebrated and these events have been designed to enhance those aims.
“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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org