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15 March, 2010

Primary pupils quiz Sir Malcolm Rifkind on homelessness

On Friday 19 March pupils at St Cuthberts with St Mathias C of E Primary School will be joined by Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP who will be answering their questions about what can be done to support homeless people in the Earls Court area. The ‘Question Time’ style session is just one of the activities the children are involved in as part of the Go-Givers Make a Difference Challenge, a London-wide initiative from the Citizenship Foundation, which has seen the Year 5 pupils investigating the issues facing homeless people in Kensington and Chelsea. After the questions they will present Sir Malcolm with the findings of their project at a school assembly.

‘I think that this is a great idea because we get to help people and have a chance to show them that we really care. It shows that we can help to make a difference in the world.'
Nadia age 9

‘I have really enjoyed taking part in this project and we had lots of creative ideas. It was very exciting, fun, cool but also sad helping those who are poor and alone.'
Alain age 10

The Go Givers Make a Difference Challenge aims to provide primary school children with the skills needed to take action on issues that matter to them.
When the class teacher, Anne Evans, introduced it to the 9-10 year olds, they were given a range of social and environmental issues to consider. Selecting the topic was a key stage in the campaign process, but the class felt that the success of their campaign relied strongly on getting community support and involving key members of the community so they were delighted when Sir Malcolm Rifkind agreed to visit their class.

‘I congratulate the children, and their teacher, on this very worthwhile project. I also look forward to ‘Question Time' with the children. I am sure I will be put to the test.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Speaking about the youngsters' motivation to address the issue of homelessness in the local area class teacher Anne Evans explained:
‘The children have been totally engaged in the project from the start. The fact that they made the decisions about what they wanted to do and then subsequently followed them up gave them a great sense of ownership and achievement.'




Media contact
Emma Doyle at the Citizenship Foundation, tel: 0207 566 4134 or email emma.doyle@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

Notes to Editors

About the Citizenship Foundation
The Citizenship Foundation is an independent education and participation charity that aims to encourage and enable individuals to engage in democratic society. Founded in 1989, our particular focus is on developing young people's citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding of the law, democracy and public life. We do this by championing civic participation, supporting teachers and schools with the delivery of citizenship education and by working with young people in community-settings on issues that concern them.


Further information about the project
Go-Givers is a Citizenship Foundation programme for primary children, which aims to develop responsible, caring citizens who have the skills and confidence to make a positive contribution to their communities, both locally and globally.

The Go Givers Make a Difference Challenge is in the final year of its pilot phase and will be rolled out to all Greater London education authorities next year. 800 London primary school children have taken part in the project since pilots began in 2008.

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