Campaigning skills given new lease of life

Dudley's Fordley Primary School pupils who took part in a 'Campaign! Make an Impact' initiative at Newcastle's Discovery Museum with (back row-left to right) Callum Hobson (11), Rachel Scott (10), Laurie Binney (11), Josh Robson (11) and (front row-left to right) Aaron Main (11), Liam Ashby (11), Faye Lancaster (11) and Keeley Kaur (11).
Dudley's Fordley Primary School pupils who took part in a 'Campaign! Make an Impact' initiative at Newcastle's Discovery Museum with (back row-left to right) Callum Hobson (11), Rachel Scott (10), Laurie Binney (11), Josh Robson (11) and (front row-left to right) Aaron Main (11), Liam Ashby (11), Faye Lancaster (11) and Keeley Kaur (11).

YOUNGSTERS have been showcasing their campaigning skills as part of a national event.

Pupils from eight first and primary schools in the borough took part in the pilot of a project led by the British Library and funded by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

The ‘Campaign! Make an Impact’ initiative uses history to inspire active citizenship, and through the scheme, schools partner up with a local museums library or archive and work to investigate historical campaigns, looking at the creative methods people used in the past to get their message across.

Students then choose a contemporary issue, and develop their own campaign based on their historical research, but using modern day methods and technologies.

Themes chosen by the young activists include healthier packed lunches, improved outdoor spaces, better cycle networks, reclaiming parks, more exercise in school, and considerate parking outside schools.

At the event last week held at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum, the young campaigners from schools across the region presented their campaigns to British Library and MLA representatives, as well as the other teachers.

Winning school, Stephenson Memorial Primary in Howdon, will represent the north east at the National Campaign! Make an Impact Celebration Event.