From donning a plastic nose on Red Nose Day to carol singing for charity at Christmas time, UK pupils are usually pretty familiar with charitable giving. But sometimes charities take on a more crucial role within the education system, forging partnerships with schools that can have a huge impact on students’ educational and social development.
Some focus on skills: Volunteer It Yourself partners with businesses like Wickes to offer teenagers the chance to learn construction skills through renovating youth clubs and community centres. Others are about wellbeing: Southend-based charity Trust Links invites small groups of pupils from local schools to its garden which it says helps improve their self-esteem.
Others are focused on pupil learning. Daniel Woodrow, head teacher at St Gregory CEVC primary school in Suffolk, was invited by local charity Education Exchange to take part in a project called Learning from Kenya. The charity was set up by former head teacher Dave Shorten, who knows the town of Wundanyi, in southern Kenya, where the charity helps fund a children’s home, and projects in health, IT training and business skills.
From the The Guardian Voluntary Sector Network. Read the full article.