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Young Interpreters project in running for national award
2:30pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
A SCHEME that gets young people to help classmates whose first language is not English is in the running for a national award.
The Hampshire Young Interpreters project has been shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian Public Services Awards under the Grassroots Excellence category.
Developed by Hampshire County Council’s Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS) in partnership with schools it aims to help these children settle at school by promoting inclusion and overcoming prejudice.
Pupils are trained to support new pupils whose first language is not English through a peer mentoring system, which encourages them to share their cultures and traditions with classmates.
It began as an initial pilot project six years ago involving four schools but now operates in more than 30 schools in Hampshire and has been adopted by 21 other local authorities as well as being used at the Inter-national Community School in Amman, Jordan.
Cllr Peter Edgar, executive member for education, said the scheme allowed pupils to get the most from their education and not feel isolated and develop empathy for other cultures.
The winner will be decided in London on November 12.
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