16th February 2004




International volunteers went back to school last week to contribute to ‘One World Week’ at St Peter at Gowts Primary School in Lincoln.


University students from China, Cameroon, Zimbabwe and Guyana entranced and entertained pupils with traditional dress, folk tales, poems, food items and artefacts from their own countries.


Bader Ashbridge from Syria even gave children and staff the chance to try belly dancing!


“We are grateful to the international students from the University of Lincoln,” said Patricia Ward, headteacher at St Peter at Gowts School.


“This special week provided the pupils with the opportunity to find out about the lives of people in other countries and we have found that we have many things in common.


“It also helped clear up many misconceptions about other cultures. Hopefully this experience will encourage our pupils to be more tolerant of each other and of people from other places, which will, we hope, lead us to a peaceful future.”


‘One World Week’ was organised by Lincs OWN (One World Network), a volunteer group set up at the university to contribute to the curriculum in schools and to promote citizenship.


For more information about Lincs OWN contact Pam, Shelagh or Sophia on Lincoln 896922.


As part of student volunteer week (23rd to 27th February) representatives of voluntary organisations will join a recruitment and publicity drive in the Alstom Atrium at the university’s Brayford Pool campus from 10am until 4pm on Wednesday 25th February.


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University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                     email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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