Container competition teaches children about trade

September 18, 2017

 A shipping container decorated with art designed by local children is due to set off on its worldwide journey today after being officially launched by ABP, Samskip and Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University.

Pupils from thirty-five local schools took part in a competition where classes were asked to explain why they love Hull by writing a poem or a story. These entries were judged and the ten winning classes then had the opportunity to come on a HEY CU experience sponsored by ABP and draw or digitally master a piece of artwork which they were able to submit to ABP for judging.

The ten winning images were then printed on to sheeting which wrapped the container, kindly donated by global logistics company, Samskip.

The project commenced earlier this year as part of ABP Humber’s partnership and ongoing support of the charity, Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University and the City of Culture 2017.

The charity provides learning experiences to over 6000 children living in areas of disadvantage in Hull and East Yorkshire each year. These experiences raise their aspirations and increase their confidence, self-belief and curiosity about the world around them. The charity taps into potential that children may not have realised they had.

The container competition sparked the interest of local children who will be able to track the decorated container around the world. By watching where in the world the container travels, the project aims to increase the children’s understanding of trade and will in turn, show them how the Port of Hull is pivotal in the journey of goods travelling to and from the UK.

Simon Bird, Regional Director for ABP Humber said: “The opportunity to ease children into learning about our local economy, the transportation of goods and the importance of their region when it comes to trade is one not to be missed. We have an obligation to help our younger generations learn about the possible effects of Brexit but to also show them how the Humber region is succeeding in these times of unrest.”

Natasha Banke, Director of Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University said: “We have an amazing partnership with ABP that allows us to teach children about the ports and the pivotal role they play not only in the local economy but the country as a whole. There are so many job opportunities at the ports and working in partnership with ABP allows us to inspire children to think about pursuing careers in shipping, supply chain and logistics to name a few. ABP’s commitment to inspiring local children is outstanding.”

Natasha continued: “It is unique and innovative projects like this that capture children’s imagination and help bring learning to life.”