A video link-up enabled the six to 12-year-olds from Daubeney Primary School and Mossbourne Parkside Academy in Hackney and James Weldon Johnson Leadership Academy in East Harlem to talk face to face – to find out about each other’s lives and cities.
The London pupils gathered in the auditorium at Credit Suisse’s offices in Canary Wharf to share posters about British culture and values and pictures they’d painted of famous places in the capital, while children from New York described their favourite places. The New York pupils wanted to find out about the Queen and the British weather, while those in London asked whether you have to wear school uniform in America and what Thanksgiving is. Pupils on both sides of the Atlantic want to work for NASA when they grow up or become football or ‘soccer’ players!
Courtesy of Credit Suisse, the London pupils were also treated to a special Q&A session with bank employee and London Olympian, Abdul Buhari. He explained what being a banker and an athlete involved, before sharing the secrets of his success and what motivated him.
Kate Butchart, Head of Corporate Citizenship EMEA at Credit Suisse, said: “The Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation is the Pioneer Growth Partner of City Year UK and we were very pleased to host pupils and corps members from Daubeney Primary School and Mossbourne Parkside Academy to strengthen their ties with each other and their counterparts in the USA.”