PUPILS played their part in raising awareness and funds for charities supporting vulnerable children around the world.
Windlesham House School, in Washington, recently held its sixth annual World Awareness Week.
The week featured a packed programme of special events and speakers visited to talk about the life-changing work of charities such as The Point Foundation, Young Pioneers, Starehe Future, The Trussell Trust and CRED Foundation.
These organisations provide support and opportunities for vulnerable children in some of the poorest and most marginalised communities around the world.
During the week was a “make a difference day” where pupils and staff dressed in clothing linked to countries in each of the five continents to link in with the 2012 Olympic games.
The week culminated in a special youth conference for schools, with guests including East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton, who is minister for children and families, Catherine Bearder, South-East MEP, Luke Lancaster and Paul Sanderson MBE, Woodard Schools chaplain and chair of trustees for CRED Foundation.
Teacher Justin Blake said: “The event focused on social responsibility informing and inspiring young people to be a force for good in their schools and communities in our Olympic year and to make a difference in the world as ‘tomorrow’s leaders’.
“More than 250 young people and teachers from 40 schools across the region attended.”
Paul Sanderson regularly leads trips for Windlesham pupils to schools and community projects in developing nations.
In 2010, a group from Windlesham volunteered for a week at St Joseph’s School in India.
Another team will be venturing to India with Paul this October to visit education projects and hand over the school’s fund-raising for the school, which is supported by CRED.
Head master Richard Foster said: “The week gave us a fantastic opportunity to learn about life around the world and the major issues of our time such as global poverty and climate change and how we can all make a difference and play a part in being a force for good in our world.”