Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

31/01/06 LABOUR MP CALLS FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS TO ENTER RACE EQUALIT

Rosie Cooper Labour MP for West Lancashire today called on local schools to support Arts & Minds, an exciting competition that brings the issue of cultural diversity firmly into the classroom.

Arts & Minds contest, being run by NASUWT, the largest union representing teachers and headteachers throughout the UK, encourages pupils and their schools to use creative writing and art to express their feelings about what race equality and cultural diversity mean to today’s society.

It is the second year of NASUWT has run the competition in 2004 it attracted over 800 entries.

Rosie Cooper MP said:

“This is an exciting competition on an issue which is important to every local community. We should be proud to live in a multicultural society and take every opportunity to celebrate this. There is no better way than through the enthusiasm and talent of youngsters.”

The contest is open to primary, secondary and special schools. Joint or individual entries can be submitted to one of two categories: art (drawings, paintings, sculpture, music or dance or creative writing (poetry, short stories or picture books).

In each category there will be three winners (special, primary and secondary schools) for each of the four nations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales) – a total of 24 regional winners each winning £300 worth of education equipment for their school.

These winners will be put forward to an overall UK-wide award £1,000 for each category. 

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