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Animating Diversity – Roy

March 29, 2010

Community relations, diversity training, peace&rec workers often show a remarkable lack of variety in programme ideas, exercises, tasks etc, perhaps because the pool of resources is quite small. My 12 year old introduced me to ROY – a Children’s BBC programme which manages to be both genuinely funny, particularly if your familiar with Dublin, but also quite thoughtful and moving.

The central and unusual premise is that Bill & Maura O’Brien are ‘parents’ to the first ever cartoon born in Ireland, and the spiky Vicky is his sister. So what is it like being different, an outsider at whom the neighbours queue  to gawk, fitting into a new school, making friends and all the other things that go with trying to join the crowd. It’s wonderful stuff. Check out the video below.

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