Children take the lead in citizenship projects across Bucks

Schoolchildren from across Buckinghamshire have been recognised for their hard work championing local causes as part of the 2018 ‘Go-Givers Make a Difference Challenge’.

The project is child-led, so the children choose a subject they really care about and they choose it democratically. Then they design a project plan or campaign to raise awareness about the topic they’ve chosen – which this year included issues like homelessness, supporting older people, litter control, animal cruelty, pollution in the oceans and campaigning against smoking.

The children came together at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre to showcase their chosen cause, presenting via poetry, singing, dance and even acting in front of an audience of fellow pupils, teachers and council representatives.

Around 500 pupils from ten different schools took part in the event on Thursday 5 July. Each school produced a presentation scrapbook for judging and the winning school this year was Millbrook Combined School from High Wycombe, who did a project on road safety.

The ‘Go-Givers Make a Difference Challenge’ is led by Buckinghamshire Family Information Service and aims to help the children recognise important issues in the world around them and the part they have to play in society as citizens.

Mike Appleyard, County Councillor and Cabinet member for Education and Skills said:

“It was fantastic to be involved with the Go-Givers project this year. Giving out the well-deserved awards to the young people for all their hard work tackling some very important issues locally and globally was a real pleasure. Credit goes to their schools and all the teachers for their terrific support and the time spent on each project.

“Projects like these help us to instil important values and life skills into our young people.”