Childrens’ call for stronger communities; local children teach about hate crime.


Pupils show adults (including guest speaker Derrick Mkandla, back left) how to make ‘Values dreamcatchers’


On Monday 22nd October Year 5 pupils from South Kirkby Academy became teachers to run activities with staff, parents and community leaders. The children created games, plays and art to communicate messages about identity, community, how we see people who are different, and ‘fake news’.

South Kirkby’s Year 5 classes have been working with staff from Leeds DEC (an educational charity) on a specially designed 13 week programme, which has been funded by the Building Stronger Britain Together programme. The aims of the project are to find out what local people like about their communities and what could be improved. It’s also about sharing stories from people who have had different experiences of community (eg people who have experienced hate crime) and how we can work together to build strong and happy communities.

Coordinator Hannah Langdana said “We are seeing a national rise in hate crime which is really worrying. Children need to learn about other faiths and races to see both our differences and things we share as human beings.”

Miss Hague, Year 5 teacher at South Kirkby Academy commented “ What a fantastic afternoon! Lots of the children now have a greater awareness of what we mean when we say “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” and can discuss in detail why it is important not to judge someone by the colour of their skin, how they look etc.

 “We wanted to do a puppet performance to show you can’t judge a person by what they look like. Even if they look different you might still have things in common.” Year 5 pupil.