National award for Hampshire's Young Interpreters' scheme
Thursday 14 November 2013
A pioneering Hampshire project aimed at helping children whose first language is not English settle at school, promoting inclusion and overcoming prejudice, is a double winner!
Hampshire Young Interpreters', a scheme developed by Hampshire County Council's Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS), in partnership with schools, was the overall winner of the Guardian Public Services Awards 2013 and winner of the 'Grassroots Excellence' category at a ceremony in London last night.
Judges paid tribute to the contribution that the scheme makes to breaking down barriers for children whose first language is not English and the way in which the scheme contributes to better understanding and tolerance in the wider community.
Presenting the award David Brindle, the Guardian's public services editor said: 'It is making a priceless contribution to social cohesion'.
Congratulating all those involved with the project for winning the award Councillor Peter Edgar, Executive Member for Education said: 'It is wonderful that the judges have recognised this fantastic project in this way. To be judged overall winner is real testimony to the value of this project which gives practical support to children coming into the community whose first language is not English while at the same time promoting empathy and understanding of different cultures among all children. The awards are recognition of the hard work of EMTAS staff, school staff and, very importantly, the children and young people who play such a vital part in this project. This is a project the County Council is very proud of and my congratulations to all concerned for these accolades "they are well deserved."