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Pupils `adopt' countries to learn about culture

P4 pupils get stuck into learning about French cuisine

Schoolchildren have `adopted' countries to learn more about their culture, language and customs.

St Colman's PS in Annaclone marked European Day of Languages with a colourful celebration.

Through British Council programmes, eTwinning and Erasmus+, the school has partnered with seven other schools across Europe - from Norway, Turkey, France, Bulgaria, Italy, Latvia and Romania - to give pupils a more international outlook.

Each class adopted a country, dressed up, and learned about their culture, language, games and customs.

P1 pupils tried out the Bulgarian custom of fire walking while a P4 class got stuck into learning about French cuisine.

Vice principal Kevin O'Neill said the event provided an exciting curtain raiser to a two-year EU funded project called Bridging The Generations.

"Through this programme we hope to all learn from each other as well as bring our own communities together," he said.

"The project will help our teachers in insurmountable ways - with budgets being cut for professional development opportunities, this is one of the few ways we can help to develop and improve. All our teachers will also have a chance to visit one of the other countries, which is a nice reward in some ways, for working so hard on the project.

"But the people that benefit the most are the children. It's not only a fun way for them to start the year, but it's also vital, especially with the recent cuts, for them to see the importance of language, want to be part of a European society and realise it has a place in their future."

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