Kettering, Corby and Wellingbrough school pupils showcase cultures

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Children and young people joined forces to showcase a variety of fantastic performances celebrating their cultures.

The youngsters, who all go to a supplementary school, performed at a special event organised by the Association of Northamptonshire Supplementary Schools (ANSS) at Northampton High School.

Among those taking part were pupils from the Gujarati, Polish and Afro-Caribbean supplementary schools in Wellingborough; the Lithuanian and Serbian schools in Corby and the Polish school in Kettering.

The chairman of the ANSS, Alaa Abouzanad, who is the head of the Northampton Arabic School, said: “I would like to give a massive thank you and well done to all the students who took part, on stage and behind the curtains, and, of course, to the teachers.

“A big thank you also to all the parents who came to show their support and brought their children along ready to perform and, lastly, thank you to all the guests who came to share this great event with us.”

Almost 2,000 young people aged between three and 18 attend one of the association’s schools every weekend.

The schools are community based and endeavour to keep language and culture alive by giving young people the opportunity to not only learn about their language and heritage, but also to increase their self-confidence and feeling of being well-integrated, while having fun and making new friends at the same time.

Yasmin Abouzanad, from the ANSS Youth Forum, said: “The schools taking part worked long and hard to produce something to share with everyone that showed something about their culture and tradition.”

James Badger and Wray Irwin, from the University of Northampton, presented the ANSS Youth Forum with the prestigious Ruby Changemaker Student Award.

Wray Irwin said: “This is in recognition of their work in successfully setting up a Youth Forum to give a voice to the young people who attend supplementary schools.”

An umbrella organisation that supports its members, the ANSS has 23 member schools and ensures that staff have enhanced DBS clearance and offers training and support in all areas, including first aid, child protection and safeguarding.

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