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17 June, 2008

Young people from Cornwall and London ask: Who Do We Want To Be?

From 23–26 June 2008 a group of 14 Year 8 students and 3 teachers from Sir James Smith’s School in Camelford, Cornwall will travel to London to participate in the first leg of the Rural-Urban School Linking programme with 15 students from Tom Hood School in Leytonstone, East London.

Over the past three months, the students have prepared for the visits to each other's communities through preparatory programmes in their schools and communities. Through working with The Rainbow Collective - a video and documentary company specialising in community cohesion projects with young people - they have produced video diaries about their schools and local communities that they have exchanged with the students at their partner school.

During the four days in London, the two schools will participate in a programme of classroom and extra-curricular activities that help the students to examine the questions ‘who am I?', ‘who are you?', ‘who are we?' and ‘who do we want to be?'. Such conversations will explore the complexities of diversity in contemporary UK life and the possibilities this affords to create inclusive, pluralistic and dynamic communities.

Complementing facilitated discussions, the students will spend a day exploring the social, cultural and physical landscape of the local environment around Tom Hood and the breadth of London as a cosmopolitan city by:

  • viewing and discussing the Olympic site in Stratford,
  • visiting the Royal Observatory in Greenwich,
  • taking a boat from Greenwich to Westminster,
  • visiting the House of Commons with the staff of Harry Cohen MP for Leyton and Wanstead,
  • exploring the ‘Psycho Buildings' exhibit at the Hayward Gallery,
  • attending a performance of ‘Into the Hoods' in the West End.

The second leg of the exchange will take place from 14 -18 July 2008 when Tom Hood School students will travel to Cornwall. Along with in-class activities, the programme will include visits to a working farm, local beaches and the Eden Project, and a cycling trip along the Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Padstow.

This project is coordinated by Diversity and Dialogue , a programme led by the Citizenship Foundation, which builds relationships, understanding and social cohesion between youth aged 14-19 from diverse faiths, cultures and backgrounds through dialogue and social action.

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