Over 400 children from 10 primary schools across Pendle offered an olive branch to one another in a tree themed community cohesion project.
The Big Lottery funded “Good Neighbours Project”, which is run by Building Bridges Pendle, brought together pupils from primary schools in Nelson, Brierfield, Colne and Barnoldswick for the third year running to take part in a twinning scheme to link children and their teachers.
The aim of the project is to raise awareness and understanding within young children about different cultures and to promote commonalities which exist between people from different backgrounds.
Year on year the number of schools taking part has increased and in 2016 St Philip’s CE Primary School (Nelson) was twinned with St Joseph’s RC Primary (Barnoldswick), Wheatley Lane Methodist Primary with Whitefield Infants School (Nelson), Holy Trinity RC Primary (Brierfield) with Pendle Primary Academy (Brierfield), West Street (Colne) with Lord Street (Colne) and Lomeshaye (Nelson) with Park Primary School (Colne).
Pupils attending the full-morning workshop at the ACE Centre in Nelson worked with local textile artist Jacqueline Smith by painting silk trees and creating leaves and ribbons with words of peace and friendship.
Pupils from within their twinned school partnerships will now visit each other on another two occasions to continue taking positive steps of meeting each other and taking part in joint lessons.
Chairman of Building Bridges Pendle Peter Dewhurst said: “This project has not only been about children coming together and learning from each other, it has also been about teachers and schools making a commitment towards each other and forming positive joint working relationships.”
Project volunteer Kath Mason added: “We are facilitating important experiences for young children at an early age in their life where there appreciating the richness of diversity without prejudice.”
All 10 pieces of art are on display at the ACE Centre in Nelson for public viewing until Friday, December 2nd.