Attleborough Academy Sixth Formers join the UNESCO Young Ambassadors Programme The Writer’s Centre, Norwich
Four Attleborough Academy students were delighted to learn that they had been accepted onto the prestigious Norwich Writer’s Centre UNESCO Young Ambassador’s Programme for 2017; out of only 17 students in total from throughout the county. Participants in this exciting scheme, funded by the Arts Council, will have the chance to attend a range of cultural events and to experience exciting arts and literature related performance and activities. The students receive free training and support with running their own small-scale events, gaining internships and reviewing cultural events around the region.
The Attleborough students spent a Saturday at the historic Dragon’s Hall in Norwich, where the world renowned 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, commented how the programme had been extended this year to include more industry experience, internships marketing and media.
Sophie said the aim of the programme was to open up the opportunities for people to develop their writing at an early age; to nurture a culture of freethinking and generating creative ideas. The programme sought to help young writers’ to pursue their dreams because “if you can’t dream now at this age, when can you?” Sophie went on to comment on how this year there was also greater focus on involving more young people in the adult committees that shaped the arts: “they have to be in these committees, they have to have a say, otherwise the divide becomes too wide”
Assistant Principal Mrs Carmina McConnell commented: “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”