Mill Strand pupils stand “In Another’s Shoes”

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As part of the North East PEACE III Community Integration Project, Mill Strand Integrated School in Portrush, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, has teamed up with Big Telly Theatre Company to work on a new project called “In Another’s Shoes”.

The Community Integration Project was developed to promote respect, inclusion and cultural diversity and to enhance respect and improved understanding of differences among the communities of the North East. It is supported through the European Union’s PEACE III Programme and is managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the North East PEACE III Partnership. This initiative will engage with at least 50 groups and will deliver peace building skills along with practical resources through the lifetime of the project.

“In Another’s Shoes” was developed with the Parents Council and focuses on empathy, identity and understanding the perspectives of others. Pupils have been taking part in workshops led by Big Telly’s facilitators and the project will culminate in a public exhibition of the work. Mill Strand is a school which engages with the wider community and embodies the principles of integration and this project uniquely involves the whole school in a celebration of difference, diversity and integration.

A public multimedia exhibition of 200 shoes and 200 stories from the Mill Strand pupils will be on display in The BOX (Big Telly’s space on Portstewart Promenade) from until this Friday, May 17, and everyone is welcome to come along and share in the experience.