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Great Ayton school’s work tackling global poverty recognized with Christian Aid award

A VILLAGE primary school has been honored for its efforts to be good global neighbors.

Marwood Church of England Infant School in Great Ayton has achieved Bronze Award status in Christian Aid’s Global Neighbors scheme in recognition of the wide-ranging steps taken by staff and pupils.

From recycling, saving energy and litter picks to donating food and care packages for local Afghan refugees, pupils and staff at Marwood Infant School have been working hard to take their place as global citizens.

The accreditation scheme celebrates schools that are helping pupils learn about global poverty and the Christian responsibility to tackle it, as well as giving them the tools to play a confident part in creating a fairer world.

Headteacher Dorothy Walton said: “We are thrilled to be recognized for the work we have done as a whole school community to raise awareness of the extreme inequalities across our globe and perhaps, more importantly, the steps we can take to address these. The pupils learn about global issues regularly and gain an understanding of injustice in our world. Our recent fundraising effort to support Ukrainian refugees was a wonderful community effort. Our Trinity Group of pupils helps to lead our thinking and develop ways that we can make a difference in the world, such as through our 100 Challenge inspired by Captain Tom Moore.

“We have a partnership with a school in Sri Lanka which is informing, amongst other things, our pupils’ understanding of the impact of climate change. This has been reinforced by our participation in Christian Aid’s Letters for Creation project. This focuses on climate justice and is inspiring them to write to Rishi Sunak, our local MP, to share their concerns. Pupils have been making personal pledges in response to learning about global issues. This learning challenges the whole school community to think about how each of us can make a difference in our local community and globally. We took part in Christian Aid’s scheme because it gives us a practical way of living out our school value of love your neighbor as yourself.

“Our world is increasingly connected and our hope is for our children to grow as responsible global citizens who care about issues such as the environment and access to healthcare. The children have especially enjoyed being involved in the Letters for Creation project as they care deeply about the world. ”

Alison Brown, global neighbors schools program officer at Christian Aid, added: “The Global Neighbors Scheme was launched in partnership with the Church of England’s Education Office with a vision of helping young people understand more about the inequalities in this world and helping them to become. Courageous advocates for those who have no voice. It’s wonderful to see how staff and pupils at Marwood Infant School have taken this to heart and are seeking to tackle injustice. ”

There are bronze, silver and gold levels of accreditation which are verified by independent assessors.

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