Christian Aid seeks to double its volunteer teachers network

International development charity Christian Aid is planning to double its network of volunteer teachers over the next two years in order to boost British schoolchildren's knowledge of international issues.

The 150 new teachers will complement the charity’s existing network of volunteers who go into primary and secondary schools across the UK and take lessons and assemblies featuring stories about the work of its 700 partner organisations in 50 developing countries.

A spokeswoman for the charity said the teaching centred on the issues Christian Aid dealt with in the developing world, such as HIV, sanitation and trade justice. “It’s not an in-your-face Christian Aid thing,” she said. “It’s about raising awareness of overseas development issues and using stories from around the world.”

She said the teaching also tied in with Christian Aid’s climate change campaign. “Today’s schoolchildren are the generation that is going to be affected by what is happening now,” she said. “Hopefully, we can teach them not to make the same mistakes we are making.”

Christian Aid already regularly sends both educational and fundraising material to the schools in their database. “The more schools that are engaged in the programme, the more likely they are to hold fundraising events for Christian Aid,” the spokeswoman said.

The charity is looking ideally for people with experience of teaching or youth work who can commit to at least one school visit per month.

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