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11 February, 2005

Giving Nation Awards 2005 opens to entries

The Giving Nation Awards are designed to bring attention to the work of schools that supports charity and community. This year eight lucky winners will spend a week on an Outward Bound course developing leadership skills.

This year, eight members of the overall winning team will take part in our International Wilderness Challenge, an adventure week mixing young people from countries traditionally seen as enemies including Iraq, Israel and Palestine.

The young people will take part in an Outward Bound Future Leaders course in partnership with the reconciliation charity Encompass. Their experience should develop tolerance and understanding of their own and other cultures, enabling them to influence positively their own communities.

In addition, regional winners will be invited to a reception at 11 Downing Street - hosted by pop stars and attended by Government Ministers - to receive their awards.

This year entry to the awards is online (see link at the bottom of this article). Pupils can also manage their own school webpage about the charitable and community activities they are involved in and to see other schools webpages and find out what they are doing.

The awards will be judged in July and the winning schools notified at the start of the September term.

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