Free The Children

Manor Park had a representative from Free The Children in school today. Jacob explained all about the organisation in a whole school assembly and then ran three workshops to help us think about what we can do to make a difference both at home (Aberdeen) and around the world.

The group was made up of 30 children from P5J, P5F, P6 and P7.

The day began with some fun workshops about teamwork and world issues, and ended with us making action plans for how we are going to raise awareness/money for a variety of issues. We will now be working closely with Miss Fisher and Miss Robertson to make these plans happen! Keep checking back for our exciting updates…

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Free The Children Assembly

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Discussing World Issues

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Planning our event

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Planning

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Choosing our issue to raise money for

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Discussing ideas

Free The Children background

Free The Children aims to educate young people on global and local issues, empower them to realize that they can make a positive difference in the world, and engage them in taking action on an issue they feel passionately about. In doing so, we inspire young people to make a difference in communities across the world.

Free The Children works with young people to start social enterprises, campaigns, fundraisers and awareness raisers to tackle local and global issues that they are passionate about affecting.  We have reached over 700 schools in the UK and working with over 150,000 young people. Leveraging 18 years of experience, we offer award-winning free citizenship programmes, volunteer trips to Free The Children development projects, a calendar of exciting campaigns and a variety of curriculum-matched, free teaching resources.  This is all though our customisable year long programme, called We Act.

We Act is our free, year-long active citizenship programme that provides young people and schools with the practical tools to turn inspiration into action. We Act transforms school communities through positive changes in student behaviour, heightened engagement and the belief that it’s cool to care.  By signing up for We Act, schools also have the chance to apply for free tickets to We Day, our signature youth empowerment event. This stadium-sized event takes place on an annual basis, and is designed to celebrate and inspire active citizenship among young people in the UK.

We Day 2014, took place on March 7th at Wembley Arena, with speakers and performers such as HRH Prince Harry, Human Rights Activist, Malala Yousafzai to Brit Award Winning Ellie Goulding and Jenifer Hudson – you can read more here. We Day 2015 will take place on March 5th and there will be a chartered Virgin train running from Glasgow overnight direct to Wembley to ensure accessibility to the event for schools in Scotland! You can also watch this video summarizing this year’s We Day here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eF3EyWEudk  .