On Tuesday 11 February, W5 welcomed 160 pupils from 6 primary schools from across Northern Ireland to the final of the 2019/2020 Seismic Citizenship programme following it's launch at W5 in November last year.
Funded by the Department of Education Northern Ireland and British Council Northern Ireland, the Seismic Citizenship programme aims to create international links, raise awareness of global citizenship and teach young people about an alternative culture.
This programme provides opportunities for seven Key Stage 2 classes from schools located in areas of multiple deprivation. Each participating class were paired with a Spanish speaking British Council Language assistant and this year our language assistants were from Mexico, Chile, Venezuela and Colombia. With the help of W5, pupils spent time learning about these countries culture and language through hearing first-hand about traditional music, food and clothes.
During an outreach visit to each school pupils investigated the dangers of earthquakes in these countries and were tasked with building an earthquake resistant skyscraper. These skyscrapers were tested and scored by judges during our celebration final and prize giving event in W5 on 11th February.
Our winning school this year was a P7 class from Fane Street Primary School, congratulations!
Thank you to participating schools and all those involved! We hope you had a great time!