An umbrella charity has created a new organisation to establish links between schools and their international peers.
Whitley Bay-based Angels of the North has set up NICE (Northeast International Cultural Exchange) to develop links between north east schools and those in India, Kenya and Kazakhstan.
The objectives of NICE include helping north east children learn more on the music and dances of overseas and to develop personal friendships with children overseas.
The first partnership has been arranged between NICE and Somammal School in Chennai, India, where pupils have an interest in Indian music and dance, as well as classical and folk music.
Angels of the North trustee Stephane Bommel said “As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, we are challenged to expand our knowledge and attitudes in order for our children to successfully participate in the emerging global community.”
“We are all looking forward to forge a long lasting partnership with both students and adults from three continents.”
Honorary chief executive Barbara Connors-Fowler said she had been very impressed by the enthusiastic support given by her colleagues, stressing that children are at the heart of this project and that a booklet and a video recording will be produced about musical theatre to share with future partners.
“In recent times, on behalf of Angels of the North I have been to Nepal, Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates and Romania and, whenever I mention NICE, I am amazed by how many people are interested in our project,” she added.