Schools are key to encouraging social action, says new research from Ipsos MORI
Our Go-Givers and Giving Nation programmes have run successfully in schools for years. Now, research commissioned by #iwill shows that over two-thirds of young people are introduced to social action through the formal education system.
Go-Givers enables primary-school children to learn about and campaign on causes that matter to them, while Giving Nation encourages classes of secondary-school students to set up and run sustainable social action programmes.
Since 2007, more than 300,000 students have left secondary school with an appetite for social action, thanks to us.
It is heartening, then, to hear that 63 per cent of young people 'who took part in meaningful social action got involved through their school or college,' according to new research from Ipsos MORI.
'Young people in any kind of formal education (school, college, university) are more likely than young people who are working or unemployed to participate in meaningful social action,' the researchers say.
So, we're on the right track: investing in young people at school has a significant impact on their propensity for social action.
The research is reported in Youth social action in the UK - 2014, published yesterday. It was commissioned by #iwill, the campaign to get every 10-20 year-old to see social action as part of everyday life by 2020, and conducted by Ipsos MORI.