Nine groups of young people from five primary and three secondary schools are currently taking part in the Festival of Flight project.
The project uses the theme of aviation to inspire and raise the aspirations of young people aged nine and over – encouraging them to ‘fly high’ and reach their goals.
Young people involved in the project will study the story of the Tuskegee airmen, who fought racial prejudice during WW2 to win their right to fly, as well as the work of the Civil Rights movement and what has been achieved in the fight against racism and intolerance.
By the end of the project in March, the young people will have produced a piece of artwork on each of these issues, which will be included as part of a local exhibition and celebration.
The groups have been visited by a young ambassador for Bolton from Hungary Gabor Radvanyi, aged 22 who now lives in England. As part of this project last year, Gabor was given the opportunity to learn to fly – and has returned to talk to each group about his experience.
The groups will also produce a charter of how they would like to tackle prejudice and intolerance.
Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Bolton Council, said: “Bolton is a really diverse and welcoming place, and it is vital that our young people know the value of community cohesion from an early age.
“The project sounds like an excellent way of getting the message of tolerance across, and I’m looking forward to seeing all the artwork at the exhibition.”
All the artwork produced will be on display on the ground floor of Bolton Market Place, with the exhibition opened by the Mayor of Bolton on Monday March 29 at 10.30 am.
The young people involved in the project will also be planting bulbs and shrubbery as part of an environmental afternoon at Smithills Country Park. This will take place on March 24 at 12.45pm.