The Northern Ireland Housing Executive’s Junior Warden project has started again in local primary schools in Derry.
The project encourages and provides opportunities for schoolchildren to take responsibility for their own communities.
They take part in neighbourhood clean-ups, planting projects, designing anti-social behaviour awareness posters and tours of the city.
Pupils from Newbuildings Primary School were the first to hit the tour trail this year.
On a bright autumn day they travelled from their school to St Columb’s Park, Ebrington, across the Peace Bridge to the Guildhall and the City Walls before ending at the War Memorial in The Diamond.
They were led by Adrian Callen (www.derrybluebadgetours.com) from the foundation of the city by St Columba, the building of St Brecan’s Church, through Viking raids, the city’s long maritime history and onto the famous Siege, and the development of the city to the modern day.
Patrick Duddy, the Housing Social Education Officer, said the project had been running for a number of years and it was always great to see the enthusiasm the school children hadto making a difference in their own community.
He added: “The tours give them the opportunity to see the rich history of their own city.”
The project, which receives funding from the Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP). will involve ten local primary schools, and up to 500 pupils each year.