The project explores the almost lost art of letter writing and focused on developing the participants’ written and spoken communication skills, whilst allowing them to express themselves creatively. The participants have had a written back and forth with their pen pals, and taken part in a number of online workshops, sharing their experiences on topics ranging from Uronto’s efforts to reinvigorate the Varendra Museum in Rajshahi, to the current cost of living crisis in the UK.
The project has allowed the participants to find common ground in spite of their numerous differences in age and geography. The Glaswegian participants also had the opportunity to present their first letters at the 2023 International Mother Language Festival, hosted by Glasgow Museums, at The Kelvingrove Art Gallery. They will have further opportunities to develop their public speaking and presentation skills, as well as their leadership skills, during the last component of the project, coordinated by Dare2Lead. The project is planned to conclude with the participants presenting their learnings to the wider BAG community.