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10 July, 2012

Nick Hurd to commend children's philanthropy

On Monday 16 July, children from six primary schools will meet at the House of Lords to celebrate Go-Givers' fifth anniversary.

Go-Givers is our PSHE and citizenship education programme for primary schools. It reaches over a third of primary schools in England.

Kensington Primary Schools march for their Go-Givers campaign
Children campaigning as part of their Go-Givers project.

In one Go-Givers school, pupils initiated a campaign to renovate their local bridge, enlisting the help of the local council and volunteer groups. This week, Stephen Timms MP unveiled children’s artwork on the newly renovated bridge. 

In another school, pupils are campaigning for action against people who use dogs as weapons. In March, they put their concerns to Kit Malthouse, London’s Deputy Mayor.

Go-Givers supports the citizenship curriculum to help children develop into caring, responsible and empathic members of society.

As debate continues about Michael Gove’s proposals for the new primary curriculum, pupils will speak about their own experience of citizenship education. 

Former Children’s Laureate Anne Fine says:

‘This is the one part of the curriculum that, for the sake of all of us in society, cannot be dumped for pressures of time’.

She will address the question, ‘What role can children play in developing a caring and just society?'.

Pupils will deliver speeches alongside Mick Waters, former director of the Qualification and Curriculum Authority and Rekha Bhakoo CBE, headteacher of the Top Performing Primary School in England (2011).

Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, will present medals to those children that excelled in our Make a Difference Challenge. 

The Make a Difference Challenge provides a structure to support pupil voice, child-led learning. It gives our youngest citizens the opportunity to take action to make their world a better place (link to video).

This fifth birthday celebration will showcase Go-Givers’ flagship schools. As Andy Thornton, Citizenship Foundation CEO, explains: 

‘Go-Givers is now successfully engaging over one third of English primary schools in developing education for a more caring society. 

‘We think it’s time to momentarily lift our heads from the hard work and celebrate our achievements.’ 

Nick Hurd will close the event with a vision that connects the children’s work to creating a more caring and generous society. 

As one teacher said, ‘This is what primary education should be about’.

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