Children making a difference
Campaigning pupils celebrated for their work on challenges
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.”