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Sunderland schools visited by educators from French twin-town

Schools here in the region have had special visitors from the E-SCHOLAR programme.

Rhyope, New Herrington and South Hylton have benefitted from the scheme.

Educators from Saint-Nazaire travelled to the region this week to promote healthy eating and lifestyles.

The programme hopes to also teach young people the importance of employment and education

Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Children's Services, Councillor Louise Farthing who met with the group, said:

"The close relationship we have developed between our two cities and communities over the years, has helped us in so many ways.

"This includes learning from our different approaches to all aspects of life, and sharing what works best to improve everything from education and health to employment, training and business investment.

" This year marks the 65th anniversary of Sunderland's partnership with Saint-Nazaire, and children and young people have always been at the relationship's heart. The first exchanges during the 1950's were between schools and youth sports teams. We are delighted that today's young people have the same benefit in coming to know their counterparts."

"Visits like these are very productive, and allow for lots of comparison and discussion on sharing best practice while strengthening our relationship and enhancing cultural awareness in schools." 

During this Erasmus+ visit the group took part in a session with Sunderland City Council's Lifestyle, Activity and Food (LAF) team at St Paul's CE Primary School in Ryhope.

Headteacher at St Paul's, Natalie Fountain added:

"We have been delighted to have teachers from our French partner school back with us this week. We have built up a strong relationship with them over the last 8 years through two EU-funded projects.

"It has been great for several of our teachers to travel to France with them to learn from their ways of working, but we also love to have them here in school with us to show them our own work. Our learners are delighted to show them what they are involved in, to practise some French with them, and to welcome them to Sunderland.

"It was great to have the whole delegation in school this week taking part in activities, including learning with our pupils about healthy eating and lifestyles with the LAF team, and we look forward to the next phase in the E-SCHOLAR project."