Sampad’s writing competition Inspired by Gandhi 2015 introduced writers, poets and spoken word artists to schools. Students from Year Groups 4-6, listened to performances from poets, created their own poems, learnt new techniques, explored themes of tolerance and equality, and wrote about the changes they would make in the world. The programme supported teachers by providing resources linked across the curriculum with tailored templates, to pilot the delivery of Arts Awards through literacy (Discover & Explore Levels were offered).
“Education, Outreach and Lifelong Learning are central to Sampad’s work and mission. Our aim is to actively promote a deeper understanding of society, culture, diversity and citizenship, using accessible South Asian art forms.
We wanted to develop our delivery of Arts Award through the Inspired by Gandhi Education Project by offering a supported package of poets, writers and spoken word artists in schools with cross-curricular mapping, Arts Award templates and certificate submission.
Writers involved in the project included Amerah Saleh and Wersha Bharadwa, who worked with primary schools; Aldermoor Far, Billesley, Chad Vale, Harborne and St Thomas and St Anne’s CE. Throughout the project, each school had at least three visits from a writer or poet, a session completing their Arts Award, and a school support visit.
Every pupil involved in the project created a booklet from their writings, notes, photos, drawings and templates. Sampad, all the schools, teachers and students were very proud of achieving over 260 Arts Awards.”
Urmala Jassal, Associate Director
“Inspired by Gandhi has been an great opportunity for these children to express themselves through writing and performing – and also to gain a nationally recognised qualification. At Arts Connect our aim is that all children and young people in the region can access and enjoy a rich and meaningful arts and cultural life, and we are very proud to be able to support projects like this.”
Helen Frost, Arts Award specialist at Arts Connect
“We learnt about Gandhi and how he helped the poor people and how he helped people with no violence. He wanted to change things and we can change things too.”
Year 4 pupil, Billesley School