In 2003 the Multicultural Songbook was created, it was funded by Sure Start Lescudjack.
The project was devised by Adrian Freedman and Sarah Sejahtera. The aim of the CD was to create a resource that could be used by families in the Penwith area to celebrate the diversity of local families, to enjoy hearing these traditional songs families which would have had sung to them as children and they now sing to their children, preserving and sharing these global traditions. Also it was hoped the CD’s may provide some comfort for diverse families living in the local area – hearing a song from childhood.
All sound recording and additional music by Adrian Freedman.
Thanks go to Adrian for the idea which started the project, to Andrew who spent hours trying to compile the inlay booklet, and to Sure Start for supporting the idea and funding it.
Biggest thanks go to all the mums and children who took part in the project, selecting lullabies from home, compiling the lyrics, translating the lyrics and being brave enough to sing into a microphone brought to their homes or other community buildings across West Cornwall, by Adrian.
We have selected just a few songs off the CD. The full CD is available to borrow from Penzance Toy Library .
We’d like to dedicate Yurikago – A cradle song (Japanese) to the gorgeous Ellie Williams – may her light shine on.
Mariko Skace lullaby from Sovenia by Jelka and Tomaz
Yurikago lullaby from Japan by Kazue Williams
Un Elefante lullaby from Chile by Claudia Toloza Soto & Sophia Schofield Toloza
Love has no labels you tube advert.
Posters with a positive message about immigrants, made by Rugile Zoryte from Devon who was 17 at the time (through local organisation Fixers)
National poster campaign promoting a positive message of immigration in the UK
INSET – Inservice Training and Development. Equality and Diversity in Education. Lots of reports and teaching ideas
National Association of Teachers of Travellers and Other Professionals (NATT) – committed to the education of Gypsy, Roma and Travellers of Irish Heritage, Fairground, Circus, New and Bargee children and young people. Comprehensive catalogue of resources.
Traveller Education – supports the education of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils in the U.K (includes lesson plans)
Teaching Romany Gypsy History within Key Stages 1, 2 and 3
Cornwall Council Equality and Diversity in Education team support schools with equality and diversity.
Educational Reports, Toolkits/Good Practice Guides
No Problem in Cornwall Report by Mandeep Sandhu Anti Racism Cornwall (Young People Cornwall) 2004
Most of the time people don’t like my colour Barnardos 2010 Cornwall Report by Owen Gill & Aurora Talbot
Children Visible by Colour in Cornwall Handbook for families by Kowetha and Barnados in partnership 2014. Copies can be obtained directly from Kowetha.
Community Playthings provides resources for teaching eary years cultural diversity.
Travellers’ School Charity – supports Travellers and their children to access opportunity, freedom and choice through education
Toolkits/Good Pratice Guides
Save the Children – Early Years Outreach Practice – guide for early years practitioners working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families
Traveller Times – Leeds City Council Gypsy Roma Traveller Achievement Service Good Practice Guide
Raising the attainment of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Pupils – Guidance for Initial Teacher Education students, trainees and newly qualified teachers