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15 November, 2005

New primary schools charity education project launched

The Citizenship Foundation is today announcing plans to create a nationwide primary programme to develop a culture of giving in the UK.

Funded by the Home Office, the project will build on the success of Giving Nation, which has reached more than 70% of UK secondary schools with an inspirational programme of education in charitable giving and volunteering to help others.

This exciting new initiative will now extend to all primary age children the opportunity to understand the value and role of charities – and create a framework to inspire and support pupils’ own charitable and voluntary activity.

A first phase will shape the content of the programme through extensive research with children, teachers, LEA and training staff, unions and charities that already work with primary schools.

“This is a great opportunity to create a complementary programme to Giving Nation. We have the chance to make sure that the next generation of young people understands how society harnesses people’s sense of fairness and good will, and how they can contribute to that. It’s one of those Citizenship tasks that most people participate in with great willingness and we’re looking forward to a great response from primary schools and pupils.” Andy Thornton, project director at the Citizenship Foundation

Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, said: "The decision to donate, like the decision to volunteer, is a private one, but we are determined to do all we can to make it as easy as possible for those who want to contribute to do so. In this way we hope to develop a culture where charitable giving is a natural part of everyone's life."

Further information

To find out more please email:

Notes for editors:

Contact Sarah Fenlon: sarah.fenlon@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

Tel: 020 7566 4145/4149; Mobile: 07813 035788

1. The Home Office will make the project available throughout England. The Citizenship Foundation will seek funding to extend to the devolved nations.

2. Giving Nation celebrates the power of young people, encouraging them to reshape their world through giving to others. Their schools-based programme supports the teaching of the citizenship curriculum, providing free resources that promote charitable activity, decision-making and reflection. It has a dedicated website at www.g-nation.org.uk. Giving Nation is a project of the Citizenship Foundation.

3. The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity (no.801360) which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society, Founded in 1989, it focuses on developing young people’s citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding. Its work includes resources, training, active learning programmes, community projects and research. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

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