Attleborough Academy students set for year of culture and arts as part of Unesco programme
Four young people from Attleborough Academy have joined a select group in a Unesco Young Ambassador’s Programme.
The students; Paige Fox, Emma Seager, Eleanor French and Alice Well, are part of a group of just 17 from across the county taking part in the scheme.
They will have the chance to attend a range of cultural events and experience arts and literature-related performance and activities.
They students will receive free training and support to run their own small-scale events, gaining internships and reviewing cultural events around the region.
Carmina McConnell, the school’s assistant principal, said: “We are so excited that students from Attleborough Academy are involved in this project again for the second year running.
“This is an absolutely unique opportunity: students will be given the chance to develop their writing, meet world class published writers and to engage meaningfully with the region’s cultural and literary heritage.”
The students spent a Saturday at the historic Dragon’s Hall in Norwich, where the Writer’s Centre is based, to begin their training for the programme.
During the training, Sophie Scott-Brown, the Writer’s Centre’s participation and learning manager, said the programme had been extended this year to include more industry experience, internships marketing and media.
Ms Scott-Brown said the aim of the programme was to open up the opportunities for people to develop their writing at an early age and to nurture a culture of freethinking and generating creative ideas.
She said the programme sought to help young writers pursue their dreams, because: “if you can’t dream now at this age, when can you?”
Ms Scott-Brown went on to say that this year, there was also greater focus on involving more young people in the adult committees that shaped the arts.
She said: “They have to be in these committees, they have to have a say, otherwise the divide becomes too wide”.
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