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6 May, 2008

FREE Active Citizenship Training for Primary Teachers and Schools

Go Givers, the Citizenship Foundation’s flagship primary project, is looking for primary schools in London and Birmingham to take up the Make a Difference (MAD) Challenge offering free training for teachers, and opportunities for children to work with specialists in their fields: authors, artists and experts in communication and campaigning.

Dont miss out! FREE Places for Primary schools on the Go-Givers Make A Difference active Citizenship project.

From mid May until the end of the summer term 2008, the Make a Difference (MAD) Challenge will support primary schools in providing valuable experience of active citizenship for their pupils through training, expert advice and the opportunity for pupil teams to work with charitable and voluntary organisations to construct, present and implement an action plan to support a social or environmental cause of their choice.

The challenge will be delivered to teachers and schools in London and Birmingham in stages: Initially teachers and, through them, the children will receive training, and support to build links with charities, community and voluntary groups.

Then, on 24th June (Birmingham) and 1st July (London) schools will be invited to attend a free day of workshops with expert inventors, scientists, journalists and artists to hone their plans and develop their campaigning skills.

The schools will finally be given the opportunity to present their very own plans to Make a Difference for the causes of their choice at a glitzy presentation ceremony in London in late July.

Marguerite Heath, Go-Givers Project Manager said: "I stand by Anita Roddick's quote: 'If you think you are too small to make an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room'. At the Citizenship Foundation we believe that no one is too small to make a difference. Through this project we hope to empower our youngest citizens by giving them the opportunity to address social issues of their choice."

She added: "By taking part in the Make a Difference Challenge, primary school children will develop an awareness of communities and the contribution they can make to them, whilst learning more about their individual strengths and how these can be used for the benefit of a team. We feel sure that they will come away with increased self-confidence, and a greater ability to empathise with others."

The Make a Difference Challenge is free for primary schools in London and Birmingham.

To book your place, or to find out more email Ruth Le Breton, or phone 0207 566 5037.

Go Givers is a free, web-based, primary resource for PSHE and Citizenship, developed by the Citizenship Foundation through Cabinet Office funding. The many free teaching and learning resources develop personal and social responsibility, mutual respect and concern for the world we live in by educating children to care for their family and friends and about the issues affecting local, national and global communities.

www.gogivers.org

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