What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
The area is in a challenging environment with issues ranging from social deprivation, high crime to radicalisation. The Year 5 pupils who the project will work with come from 18 different cultural backgrounds. The issues of how to safeguard our children from extremist and fundamentalist views needs to start early with particular attention being given to tolerance of others and their views as well as conflict resolution.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Ainslie Wood is in the north of Waltham Forest which is a national hotspot for targeting radicalisation following a number of high profile cases of potential terrorists growing up in the area.
What is your solution?
This project will foster ‘peace’ with particular attention being given to tolerance of others and their views as well as conflict resolution for the y5 pupils. This project will bring the children together in order to facilitate discussion and consistent interaction across ethnicities, faiths and cultures. The project will enable the children to create their own Peace Garden in their School where they can reflect, relax and find peace.
How will you deliver this?
The project will be delivered through a week long ‘Resolve’ course led by expert facilitators, a trip to Kew gardens for inspiration and a series of skills sessions and hands on gardening sessions. The children will help design their own garden and learn how to garden and grow food. The local community will support with weekend gardening sessions to bring cohesion to the wider community. The children will have their own green space that they will have created together.