Site teaches children about charity

A website to help primary school children understand charity has been launched by the Office of the Third Sector and education charity the Citizenship Foundation.

Children at the launch of Go-Givers
Children at the launch of Go-Givers offers free online materials tailored to fit into the Citizenship curriculum in England to teachers, parents and pupils.

Animated characters and stories written for children tackle issues such as kindness versus selfishness, moral dilemmas and conservation. The work of charities, such as Shelter, is also highlighted.

Materials have been piloted in selected primary schools since September 2006 and the Office of the Third Sector has given £690,000 to the project for the next two years.

Tony Breslin, chief executive of the Citizenship Foundation, said: “Primary schools are already active in promoting charitable activities. Go-Givers seeks to show primary school children the bigger picture, allowing children to think about the issues behind the fun and the fundraising.”

The Citizenship Foundation already runs “G-nation”, an online-based campaign to involve young people in charitable activities.

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