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26 March, 2010

Primary students celebrate their achievements at City Hall

On Tuesday 30 March, The Living Room at City Hall will host some of London’s youngest active citizens when primary students from schools in Kensington and Chelsea, Camden and Southwark gather to celebrate the impact they have made in their communities through the Go Givers Make a Difference Challenge. The challenge is an initiative from the Citizenship Foundation that aims to help school children develop the skills and confidence to take action on issues that matter to them.

The event will also be used celebrate the success of the project and launch its roll out to all Greater London authorities. This means that from the next academic year all primary schools in London will have the opportunity to participate in the challenge.

Since January, primary schools pupils in Camden, Kensington and Chelsea and Southwark have taken up the Go-Givers Make a Difference Challenge, investigating issues including homelessness and care for the elderly. Anne Evans class teacher at St Cuthberts with St Mathias C of E Primary School in Kensington and Chelsea explains:

‘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.'

From tea parties held by pupils at Torriano Junior School in Camden for the elderly people in their communities to ‘Question Time' style sessions about homelessness with local MP Sir Malcolm Rifkind at St Cuthberts with St Mathias C of E Primary School, all of the activities have been highly creative and valuable to the pupils.

‘I think [The Make a Difference Challenge] is important because it shows that our school is a good place to be.'

Student, Torriano Junior School, Camden



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