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8 June, 2009

Giving Nation Awards 2009: Deadline for Entry 20th July

The high number of UK secondary schools who have entered this year's Giving Nation Awards clearly demonstrates the commitment to charity and community activity in UK schools.

A record number of UK secondary schools have entered and are predicted to complete online diaries as entrants to this year's Giving Nation Awards. Written by student charity teams, the diaries provide a space for schools to document the charity, volunteering, campaigning and social enterprise activity that takes place throughout the academic year at their school. In addition to providing the chance to reflect on and promote active citizenship activity at their school, schools entering can learn about charity and community activity at other UK schools whilst being given the chance to win one of up to nine top prizes.

Up to nine UK schools will be selected to win up to £1000 towards charity action at their school and attend an awards day in central London. One particularly outstanding school charity will win this year's national prize: a hands-on week supporting the work of international development charity, World Vision in India. The winning charity team will see first-hand the projects World Vision are supporting to provide education, housing and care to runaway children in Chennai, India. It is hoped that upon their return, the teenagers will be offered the chance to become ambassadors to World Vision's work for the billion people living on less than $1 per day worldwide.

The awards programme is open to all UK secondary schools who can enter this year's awards by creating their school's diary on the Giving Nation website www.g-nation.co.uk/awards. To enter the 2008-9 awards, Giving Nation is encouraging entries from UK secondary schools by July 20th 2009 when Giving Nation will bring together a panel of judges from the Citizenship Foundation and World Vision to select up to nine winners from UK secondary schools.

The opportunity will be given to the school thanks to the awards charity partnership between the Citizenship Foundation's active citizenship project Giving Nation and World Vision. The Giving Nation awards recognise and promote the actions of UK secondary schools to learn about and get involved in the work of charities through social enterprise projects (the Giving Nation Challenge), fundraising, campaigning and volunteering.

For more information visit the Giving Nation website, email felicity.tyson@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk or call 0207 566 4151 .


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