Go-Givers helps primary school children become caring, concerned citizens. It gives them the skills and confidence to make a positive contribution to their communities.
Go-Givers enables children to grasp the issues facing society and provides them with the right tools.
We give children the confidence to take action on issues that really matter to them.
These include bespoke web tools to support learning and activities in primary schools.
The materials cover issues from diversity and cohesion to the environment and globalisation.
They also help teachers to meet curriculum targets and they complement the SEAL and Healthy Schools programmes.
The Go-Givers outreach programme provides targeted support and training to schools from experienced teachers, ensuring the website is used to its fullest.
The Go-Givers Make a Difference Challenge is an active citizenship project. It supports the aims of Every Child Matters, Community Cohesion and Pupil Voice.
The children select a cause democratically. This may be related to their local community, a global issue or anything in between.
They then plan a campaign, which may involve fundraising or taking direct action.
The Children get a real understanding of the issues and they learn to empathise with those who are disadvantaged.
The Challenge culminates in a celebration day that brings schools together.
Celebrating five years!
In 2012, Go-Givers celebrates it's fifth anniversary.
Professor Mick Waters
Mick Waters is Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton. Here he talks about why it's important for children to learn citizenship skills at primary school.
Mick Waters: I'm Mick Waters and I'm Professor of Education at Wolverhampton University.
Interviewer: Thank you for talking to me Mick. We're here at the Go-Givers celebration at the House of Lords. Children are too young to vote; many would say they're also too young to make an informed decision about their society and to have an impact in that: do you agree with that?
Mick Waters: I think the issue is that children are growing beings and they're trying to find out about the world in which they live, so it's reasonable to say that they need to gradually widen their circle of understanding about the world that they see.
Interviewer: Would you agree that social and civic skills need to be nurtured in children?
Mick Waters: They need to be more than nurtured; they need to be nurtured, we need to show children what humankind has tried to do to make the world a better place, and we need to talk with them about some of the mistakes that have been made on the way and we need to encourage them to grow opinions, ideas and solutions. So it's more than nurturing, it's proactive, thought-out campaign to get our youngsters really involved in the world that they live in.
Interviewer: Should that happen in schools? Many people say that maths and English are more important this woolly citizenship stuff.
Mick Waters: It should happen in schools. Maths and English are important, but they're important to a purpose and if you can think of a purpose that's bigger than improving our global community, our national community and our local community, I'll be struggling to beat you.