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Oxfam representative visits

Oxfam representative visits
Tuesday 19th June 2012 by C. Freeman

Students from Year 9 learned more about the work of Oxfam as part of a humanities charity project. The talk, given by volunteer Cath Burningham, outlined Oxfam’s work in more than 70 countries where it aims to tackle the roots of poverty. It has three main strands; emergency aid, development and campaigning and Ms Burningham gave an hour-long talk to students.

She was invited to Brooke Weston as part of the ‘Learn to Change the World’ project that the students are undertaking in Humanities this term. They have split into groups to research and promote one of eight charities including Water Aid, World Vision, Save the Children, Oxfam, Sport Relief and Comic Relief.

Each will deliver a presentation outlining their chosen charity’s work before votes are cast with the most popular charity receiving funds from this term’s mufti day collection.

Ms Burningham has been involved with Oxfam since the 1960s and often carries out school visits. She said: ‘This talk was an introduction to Oxfam’s work all over the world. Oxfam’s key message is working with others to overcome poverty.’

Teacher Mr Bidwell said: ‘This talk gave the students an insight into the huge range of work that charities get involved in, both in local and national areas, helping in times of disaster or emergency, but also putting into place longer term projects that mean communities can be more sustainable or develop further. Quite a few students have already started to produce campaign videos and the thought that their chosen charity could benefit from the mufti money is proving a huge incentive.’

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