Hampshire scheme is nominated for award

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A PIONEERING Hampshire project aimed at helping children whose first language is not English settle at school has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Hampshire Young Interpreters is in contention for the 2013 Guardian Public Services Awards under the Grassroots Excellence category.

The scheme helps pupils whose first language is not English to settle in at school and encourages them to share their culture and traditions with their new classmates.

Councillor Peter Edgar, executive member for education, said: ‘This is fantastic news.

‘This is an immensely worthwhile scheme that enables young people to develop empathy and compassion for their peers from other cultures while giving practical support to children coming into the community whose first language is not English.

‘The peer supporter’s capacity to learn is expanded and those children they are supporting are able to get the most from their education at the earliest opportunity as well as make friends more easily so that they are not left feeling isolated.’

Final judging will take place in London on Tuesday, November 12.