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4 April, 2006

Giving Nation winners begin cross-cultural adventure week

Eight pupils from Hereford Technology School in Grimsby have embarked on a unique cross-cultural adventure week in the Lake District with twelve young people from Israel, the Palestinian Territories and the USA.

Giving Nation winners 2006
The groups outside Parliament

The event, organised by Giving Nation in partnership with Encompass, aims to promote peaceful co-existence between people of different backgrounds, faiths and cultures.

The Grimsby pupils were awarded their place on the trip at the Giving Nation award ceremony held at the Treasury last October, where they won the 2005 Giving Nation Award for their outstanding contribution to charity work. Carrie-Ann Avis commented on the trip:

“I’m really looking forward to abseiling and building a raft but I am also learning forward to learning more about other cultures and getting to know the other groups a bit more”.

Reem Duaibes from Jenin in the Palestinian Territories added:

“This is a great project. We will listen to others and hear their opinions and learn about their customs and religions.”

Having spent the first few days in London experiencing the London Eye and visiting the Houses of Parliament, the group have travelled to the Lake District to participate in a busy week full of team building activities, discussions and activities based around challenging preconceptions.

Josh Cass from Encompass explained how the adventure week will help foster understanding and tolerance between the young people:

“Our weeks bring young people together to learn interdependence through mastering physical challenges whilst exploring their own cultural influences and what it is like to grow up in countries in conflict”.


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