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Uni to help children unearth ethnic roots
YOUNGSTERS are being given lessons by university professors to help them uncover local history in East Oxford.
Youth project The Oxford Foundation has arranged for 24 pupils to research stories from ethnic minority residents living the area.
The Year 9 pupils, from Oxford Spires Academy, Cheney School and Magdalen College School, will gather at Oxford University’s history faculty in George Street today for lessons in the Capturing Histories Project.
They will be sent out to gather the audio and video recordings of more than 20 stories from residents about how they came to live in East Oxford and what life was like in the past.
Monawar Hussain, founder and director of the Oxford Foundation, said it was a great way of bringing two generations together to find out about untold community history before it is lost.
He said: “The project is about capturing histories of elders from black minorities ethnic communities. We want to preserve histories because our young generations have a right to know how some of these elders came to Oxford and how life was like for them.”
The Iman, who is a Muslim teacher at Eton College, said it was also a great chance for the youngsters to get high-quality history lessons. He added: “It is a fantastic opportunity.
There is also an inter-generational benefit to it as well. It’s an opportunity to meet each other, talk to each other, and learn from each other.”
Prof Jane Humphries, chairman of the University of Oxford’s Faculty of History, and Dr Kate Tiller, of Kellogg College, will be taking part in the lclasses today.
Sue Croft, headteacher at Oxford Spires Academy, said 12 pupils were involved from her school. She said the project would “localise” history and “bring it alive” for the students.
She said: “I am really pleased we have been asked to be involved.”
If you are over 55 and willing to be interviewed for the project contact Imam Hussain on 01865 304079 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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