Tendring Junior Ambassadors celebrate cultural diversity

Young people treaded the boards to show off what they had learned during this year’s Tendring Junior Ambassadors Project, with a vibrant showcase event at the Princes Theatre last month.

The Tendring Junior Ambassador Project, run by Tendring District Council (TDC), involved 335 Year Five and Six pupils from eight Tendring schools who took part in various cultural activity workshops this term.

The project encourages young people to learn more about the communities around them and the values of inclusiveness and diversity.

Claire Spall, Deputy Head of Cann Hall Primary School, explained how the project supported her former students to challenge discrimination.

“The project is invaluable in promoting acceptance of difference and diversity,” said Mrs Spall.

“Last year, I witnessed first-hand the impact of the work when the children were on their Year Six residential with other schools. A racist remark was made, and our children stood up to this referring to all the work they had done about accepting difference.

“This was incredibly powerful and shows how important this project is.”

The celebration event, funded by TDC and the Essex Cultural Diversity Project, saw the ambassadors demonstrate activities from Bollywood dancing to African singing, and Ukrainian themed poetry and song – with members of the invited audience of dignitaries and parents joining in.

Gina Placey, TDC Cabinet Member for Partnerships, was thrilled to witness the enthusiasm and passion displayed by all at the event.

“Tendring Junior Ambassadors gives children in Tendring the opportunity to learn about and explore the rich culturally diverse world around them,” Councillor Placey said.

“The celebration event, as always, was great fun and it was delightful seeing the smiles on the pupils’ faces as they put their new-found skills into practice.

“A huge well done to everyone involved.”

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