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27 November, 2006

Free Money available for 100 Schools: Sign up Now

The Citizenship Foundation is trialling a new project from January 2007 and is looking for 100 schools to take part. The project, “The Giving Nation Challenge”, forms part of our existing Giving Nation Programme designed to raise awareness about charitable action, campaigning, and volunteering. The Giving Nation Challenge takes this one step further by offering classes £50 to run a short term campaign to help others, using the model of a charity or social enterprise. The class uses the money to kick-start the venture but must recruit students from the rest of the school in support.

G-Nation Challenge logo.
The 'Giving Nation Challenge' offers schools money to run their own charitable campaign

Funded by the Cabinet Office, the challenge runs over five weeks and is supported by full schemes of work for teachers. At the end of five weeks (or however long fits best with each school)classes assess who was most successful in their campaign and why it was successful.

Andy Thornton Director of Participation and Social Action at the Citizenship Foundation said "We are really excited about trialing this new project. Rather than just learning about charities or social action, students will get the opportunity to run a simulation of a real-life organisation through a project they care about. They will see how they can make a meaningful difference in their community or wider society, and in the process get to understand better how real life charities and social enterprises work."

The Challenge is fully referenced to the citizenship curriculum and fits equally well in enterprise classes. It offers all materials to run the programme in both printed and online formats. The Foundation is looking for a mix of schools who have taken part in Giving Nation projects in the past and those who are new to the programme.

To participate, or to find out more information, please contact Terry Silvers, Giving Nation Team Leader: terry.silvers@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk; 020 7566 5040.

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