The School: Cubitt Town

Cubitt Town in Tower Hamlets have recently completed the Crime Scene Challenge and Year 2 also opened up their doors to visitors when they ran their own café in school. To put their enterprise skills to the test, some lucky Year 2 pupils had the opportunity to spend the day at the offices of a top international charity, working alongside professionals on a challenge designed to help them understand more about the world of work.

The Business: ActionAid, London

ActionAid is a leading international charity working in over 45 countries. They work with the poorest women and girls in the world, changing their lives for good. Their local staff provide immediate, hands-on support to women and children living on the margins of survival. Together they demand action at local, national and international level.

The Challenge: Spread the Word

As soon as the children arrived it was down to business. They heard from one of the volunteers about the important work that ActionAid do around the world to help women and girls in need. They then had the opportunity to ask all the ActionAid volunteers about their different jobs at the charity and which skills they use the most. A tour of the offices was a really eye opening experience and all the employees certainly enjoyed talking about their different roles in the various departments. The task set for the day was to design a new mascot that could help spread the message to young people across the UK and hopefully raise awareness of ActionAid’s mission. They also put together a news broadcast as a way of showcasing all their ideas.

The Results:

There was lots to do throughout the day, but the Year 2’s certainly rose to the challenge and demonstrated excellent Working in a Team and Sharing Ideas skills, not to mention the Using Imagination aspect of the day which impressed all of the volunteers. At the end of the day the boss of the whole organisation took time out of his busy schedule to come and listen to each group and give valuable feedback on their ideas.

What they said:

  • “The day was well planned and led. This was a great insight into charitable work and the children have thoroughly enjoyed the day.” – Teacher, Cubitt Town Infnats
  • “We really enjoyed having the children in the offices today, there was a real buzz around the place.” – Volunteer, ActionAid
  • “I know how important it is to help people in different countries who are not as lucky as us. Working together in a team was really fun!” – Student, Cubitt Town Infants

Thanks to ActionAid for such a great trip day, and to Year 2 Cubitt Town Infants for coming along.

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us or visiting enablingenterprise.org

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