Multicultural message for kids

The Things we Leave Behind event, with Pakistani elders and local school children, Square Chapel, Halifax.
The Things we Leave Behind event, with Pakistani elders and local school children, Square Chapel, Halifax.

Elders from Halifax’s Pakistani community shared their stories with generations beneath them.

School pupils were enlightened by the tales from different communities as part of ‘The Things We Leave Behind’ event.

Children were brought back in time as to what it was like growing up in another era, in another part of the world some 60 years ago.

The ‘Coming Together’ celebration held at the Square Chapel Centre for the Arts showcased a moving performance bringing together both communities in a spirit of friendship, fun and cooperation.

The project welcomed schools from Rastrick, Ovenden and central Halifax which attended the Square Chapel showcase along with the elders that they have been learning from.

Jeff Turner, director of Verd De Gris Ltd – the company behind the project – said: “The idea behind the project was to bring different groups together that don’t normally meet.

“We do work with the children in the schools around migration and leaving home.

“It touches on the mixed community we have got in Calderdale. Some children have come from eastern Europe and will know what it feels like to have left relatives behind.”

Jeff added that the Coming Together celebration was a success.

He said: “It was a really wonderful and emotional afternoon with beautiful performances from the children and heartfelt messages of friendship and love from Mohammed Rahoof (director of the British Muslim Association in Halifax) and the elders.

“This was a coming together in the truest sense.”