PROUD2B Schools Project Salaam Shalom’s Proud2B schools project aims to help prevent the development of prejudice and stereotyping, by widening pupils’ intercultural awareness at a vital stage in their development, as they embark on their move to secondary school.
They are introduced to a range of creative activities, which also improve their self-esteem and communication. The project enables pupils to use media and the arts to explore more about identity and community. The project aims to raise inter-community awareness and help prevent the development of prejudices, discrimination and fear of ‘the other’, as pupils embark on their move to secondary schools.
At the end of each project children and staff are asked to evaluate the effectiveness of the programme; Feedback from school staff:
“They increased their knowledge of aspects of different religions and gained skills using recording equipment. The children had a fantastic opportunity creating a song lyrically from scratch (they loved that and are very proud of the song)”
“Some children were more animated and participatory than normal. Confidence growth and the biggest benefit was working with children from another school.”
“Good opportunity to mix and share lives outside their own. How lucky they are!”
“I think it’s a great opportunity for our pupils to look outside our community and to meet other pupils- especially for Yr6, prior to moving to secondary school”
As part of the media workshop, pupils create questions they then use to interview Muslim and Jewish guests.
Pupils also believe they improved their speaking, listening and interviewing skills through the project. And over 85% of pupils believe that since doing the project, they would be more confident in helping others being bullied because of their identity.
The majority of pupils enjoyed meeting other children and ‘making new friends’ from the other school. The following quotes give a flavour of some of the learning;
[I learnt] ‘People are different religions but we are all one’
‘The Jewish and Muslim men [they interviewed] respect each others cultures’
[I Learnt] ‘To be more caring when question asking. And where to hold a microphone when interviewing’
[I learnt about] ‘Jewish and Muslim Religions’
[I learnt] ‘We need to respect each other’
[I learnt] ‘There are so many communities’
[I learnt] ‘Not to be shy’