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School's mobile phone film wins diversity prize
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Video for It Doesn't Matter - courtesy of Willows High School/British Council

Teenagers from Cardiff have won a Europe-wide competition for films about diversity made on mobile phones.

The students from Willows High School filmed a video for a song they wrote which tackles the issues of race discrimination and knife crime.

Judges from the British Council's Indie project said they really understood the meaning of diversity and expressed it in a creative and talented way.

Runners-up in the contest included entries from Malta, Portugal and Spain.

The British Council invited students involved in the Inclusion and Diversity in Education project (Indie), and anyone else who felt inspired by Indie, to study the council's European charter and then use mobile phone cameras to make a two to three minute film on what diversity meant to them.

Students from Willows High School in Cardiff

Anton Boston, one of the winning team from Cardiff, said: "After reading the European charter, we wanted to make a video that reflected some of our feelings.

"So we made a music video that talked about some real life issues that we, as young people face today - such as stereotyping, anti-knife crime, diversity and celebrating your roots."

Kevin Higgins, director of British Council Wales said: 'We, like many others, believe in creating an inclusive learning environment and ensuring academic success for all students whatever their background.

"The students throughout Europe who have entered this competition, through their videos, have demonstrated a clear understanding of diversity and openness.

"Having a Welsh entry come through as a winner of a European-wide competition is something we in Wales, can be really proud of."

The winners will be honoured at an awards ceremony at BBC Wales headquarters in Cardiff where their entry will be screened.

They will also receive their prize of some audio-visual recording equipment, and take part in a debate about diversity.




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