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7 June, 2007

New Online resource helps primary children engage with wider world

www.gogivers.org

Independent education charity, the Citizenship Foundation is today launching Go-Givers, a FREE online resource for Primary Schools (KS1-2) featuring animated characters, the ‘Go-Givers’. Funded by the Cabinet Office, Go-Givers is an exciting new programme helping primary age children explore the issues they face in local, national and global settings and to understand what it means to be part of a caring society.

Tony Breslin, Chief Executive at the Citizenship Foundation said “The primary school is where teachers nurture young lives and where children learn to interact with others. Go-Givers seeks to show primary school children how they can grow up to be an active part of a caring society, and to encourage them to think about others; through community action, charitable support and the democratic process.”

“Primary schools are already active in promoting charitable activities. Go-Givers seeks to show primary school children the bigger picture, allowing children to think about the issues behind the fun and the fundraising and to empower them to believe they can make a meaningful difference in their school, their community and the wider world.”

Go-Givers is a three-part website containing sections for teachers, parents and children designed to tie into both the Citizenship curriculum as well as the wider primary curriculum. The teacher’s area is designed to be used on an interactive whiteboard and each activity can be personalised to the children, their classroom and their school. The programme includes a number of innovative electronic features and humorous, simply written stories, which tackle issues directly affecting primary age children.

Teachers can download presentations and learning materials suited to a range of ages and abilities. These include lesson plans for assemblies, and activities to stimulate discussion, deeper thinking and further study. The site also provides access to a wide range of resources that can be used in citizenship teaching, such as a ballot box to give students the opportunity to vote during a class debate, and a Children’s Toolkit which includes tips for writing letters and public speaking.

Parents can get involved in the project, linking what their children learn in school with their home life. The ‘our pledge’ facility encourage schools, parents and children to think about what they can do to help others, and make a pledge to carry it through.

Further information

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Notes for editors:

1. About the Citizenship Foundation

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

2. Go-Givers seeks to develop an understanding and lifelong commitment to giving, in all its forms, whilst enhancing the citizenship skills of communication, and participation in the local, national and global communities. www.gogivers.org

3. Go-Givers has been funded by the Office of the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office as part of their Generous Society Programme.

4. The Citizenship Foundation has called for Citizenship to form a core element of the primary curriculum, stating that it is now more important than ever for children to be given the opportunity to develop the necessary skills, language and confidence to enable them to participate fully in decision making processes and develop a clearer understanding of their legal and moral responsibilities.

Our submission to the Primary review outlines our position in detail:

http://www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/main/page.php?336

5. The recent UNICEF report on children’s wellbeing found that the UK had the lowest proportion of children who described their friends as kind and helpful at only 40% (compared to 80% in Switzerland).

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