Cultural Champions

muslimwomanThe Cultural Champions programme is an innovative programme designed to raise awareness in schools of the diversity of people in the UK.

Living in a part of the country with historically low numbers of people from ethnic minorities, school children can lose out on the multi-cultural experience that is taken for granted elsewhere in the country. Cultural Champions aims to fill that gap.

We have a group of 16 Cultural Champions, from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds, all trained and experienced in working with children, all with enhanced CRB disclosure.

Feedback from schools is overwhelmingly positive, for example:

'Thank you for a most energetic and stimulating session on Tuesday and seamlessly delivered. You will be pleased to hear that at the end of the afternoon the staff ended up in the staffroom eating their way through the different snacks which provided a lovely stimulus to share the morning's sessions.'

From East-the-Water Primary to Indian Cultural Champion, Sandhya Dave, April 2011.

In July 2015  Valentina and Nazima held a very successful session on bread making at West Exe School 

Look at Goodleigh Primary's blog on their Cultural Champions visit.

For more information on the Cultural Champions programme, please contact DDE at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 01392 438811.

Youth Cultural Champions

The Youth Cultural Champions Programme was developed in response to an observed need from the Adult Cultural Champions Programme. We give secondary school students a shorter version of the Cultural Champion training, and they then run sessions about their culture in primary schools or with governors or with other groups. 

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