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12 May, 2010

Winner announced for Go-Givers 'Dear Prime Minister' competition

Hundreds of primary school children responded to the Go Givers ‘Dear Prime Minister’ competition. Letters from children as young as seven not only voiced their concerns and gave potential solutions, but also showed great empathy and understanding of complex policy issues. However, the overall winner was 10 year old Ione who wrote a very passionate, committed and reflective letter, saying ‘Britain is being referred to as broken Britain so we have to come up with new ways to get Britain out of this mess.'

Fifty two of these insightful letters - in addition to those of the winner and runner-up (Ben Hampel, eight) - will be showcased in a book to be distributed to new government ministers.

This competition not only highlighted young people's concerns but also the ability, skills and insight they are capable of contributing to society and the interest they have in how their country should be run. Indeed, they may not be old enough to vote, but they are already proposing ways in which they can be heard. Jack, nine, said: ‘It would be great if kids had more information about the election, the candidates and ideas for the future.' He also suggested a ‘Campaign for Kids' and ‘mock votes for kids' because it would ‘prepare them for the future when they have to vote for real'.



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