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Tendring Junior Warden Project leads fight in tackling hate crime

30 Jul Tendring Junior Warden Project leads fight in tackling hate crime

A scheme which has seen young people learn about different cultures in an effort to tackle hate crime has celebrated a successful first term.

Year 6 pupils have learnt Chinese calligraphy, Bollywood dancing and African singing and drumming as part of the Tending Junior Warden Project, in its fifth year. They also met with 16-year-old Syrian refugee Zak, who now lives in Colchester, who told of his experiences of hate crime.

A celebration event, at Princes Theatre, Clacton, gave the 218 children – from Alresford, Frinton, Rolph, St Andrew’s and St Clare’s Primary Schools and Great Clacton Junior School – an opportunity to show their parents what they had been learning.

Pupils from Alresford Primary School gave a demonstration of African drumming, while all wardens performed a song, directed with Efua Sey, and showed off their Bollywood dancing with Indi Sandhu.

One pupil from St Clare’s Catholic Primary School, in Clacton, said: “It has made us think more about people and what they are going through.”

The initiative was funded by £10,000 from the Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Development Fund and organised by Tendring District Council.