like schools' projects
members of a Norwegian city council, with a special interest in youth
schemes, were impressed by a project for primary school children running
in West Fife villages.
Porsgrunn council members Kjell Lillestrom, childhood policy co-ordinator
and deputy ombudsman, along with 21-year-old Mari Helen Varoy, who is
on the committee for education and culture, visited the area in February
After seeing graffiti projects at Culross Primary School, the Norwegians
met pupils and
teachers from several local primary schools in High Valleyfield Community
where they were welcomed by Fife Council Administration Leader and local
Councillor Anne McGovern.
The overseas visitors took great interest in the youngsters' work and
that of the West Fife Villages Community Planning Group.
After telling the pupils about their own activities, the Norwegians invited
questions from the youngsters and guests.
Before departing, Kjell said he had visited Scotland many times to attend
although it was the first time he had been in Fife.
was very impressed by the Kingdom and the commitment shown in various
and hoped that some of the ideas and approaches adopted in Fife could
further through their partnership.
Porsgrunn council decided in the early 1990s to give children a great
role in decision making, leading to the election of several 18-year-olds
to serve as councillors.
The city has flourished since, promoting its commitment to quality family