Chil­dren mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

Cam­paign­ing pupils cel­e­brated for their work on chal­lenges

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

YOUNG cam­paign­ers who were able to ‘make a dif­fer­ence’ were cel­e­brated at an event last week.

Ayles­bury Water­side Theatre hosted 11 pri­mary schools from across the county on Wed­nes­day, June 17 in a cel­e­bra­tion mark­ing the com­ple­tion of the Buck­ing­hamshire Make a Dif­fer­ence Chal­lenge, which was led by Bucks County Coun­cil’s Chil­dren’s Part­ner­ships Team, in part­ner­ship with the Cit­i­zen­ship Foun­da­tion.

Aimed at build­ing up chil­dren’s con­fi­dence through in­volve­ment in help­ing peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment, the Make a Dif­fer­ence Chal­lenge is led by the chil­dren them­selves, who de­cide on a pro­ject demo­crat­i­cally and then work out a plan for ac­tu­ally mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in their cho­sen cam­paign.

Schools in­volved in­cluded Che­sham Bois School, which cam­paigned for

IN­SPI­RA­TIONAL: (Above) Year six pupils from Elan­geni School and (above right) Hawridge & Choles­bury School chil­dren on stage home­less­ness, Elan­geni School, in Amer­sham, which cam­paigned for home­less­ness and lit­ter, Iver Heath Ju­nior School, which cam­paigned for PHACES Syn­drome, and Hawridge and Choles­bury CofE School, which cam­paigned for lit­ter and its ef­fects on wildlife and de­cline of the bee pop­u­la­tion.

The cel­e­bra­tion event saw an in­spi­ra­tional range of cit­i­zen­ship projects from schools across the county en­thu­si­as­ti­cally pre­sented from the stage by the chil­dren them­selves us­ing song, dance, act­ing and colour­ful vis­ual dis­plays.

At­tend­ing the event, Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Wil­liams said: “The Make a Dif­fer­ence Chal­lenge helps our young peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand how ful­fill­ing it can be to get in­volved and make a dif­fer­ence for a worth­while cause. To be inspired at this age can re­ally help young peo­ple de­velop into the en­gaged cit­i­zens of to­mor­row, tak­ing an ac­tive part in is­sues they care about and mat­ters of con­cern to com­mu­ni­ties.”

The Make a Dif­fer­ence Chal­lenge has been de­vel­oped for Go-Givers, an ini­tia­tive of na­tional char­ity the Cit­i­zen­ship Foun­da­tion. Go-Givers pro­gramme di­rec­tor Mar­guerite Heath said: “Although there’s a great pres­sure on the cur­ricu­lum in our schools, cit­i­zen­ship projects like this of­fer a unique and ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to de­velop their lit­er­acy and prac­ti­cal rea­son­ing skills, which then en­riches the rest of their learn­ing.”

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