Date to Celebrate - March 13, Red Nose Day

20th February 2009 at 00:00

What's it all about?

Red Nose Day is when the nation comes together to raise money for those who live in abject poverty, both in the UK and in Africa. The day culminates in an evening of comedy and documentaries on BBC1.

Assembly ideas

Your assembly is a good opportunity to get behind the hype and celebrity of Red Nose Day and examine some of the issues that face children and young people living in poverty. Begin by looking at what poverty means and what causes it.

With younger children you can raise comparisons between what they have, and look at how well off their peers are in Africa. Older children can examine the causes of poverty - political systems, dictatorships, climate, war and disease - and what can be done to alleviate these.

Part of your assembly could be a debate into the pros and cons of donating money to charities. Use members of your school council to put the cases for and against, but end the assembly on a positive note, emphasising that it is the responsibility of everyone to help those in need.

Your school could also use the day to support cross-curricular teaching in subjects such as geography, history, religous education and citizenship, with a particular focus on the diversity and richness of cultures in Africa and their impact on the world.

Help, I've got no time to prepare

Visit www.rednoseday.com for ready-made assembly and lessons ideas for all age groups, from nursery to post-16. The site also tells you about events going on in your region and how to organise activities.

Where do I get more information?

Charity websites are great places to start for up-to-date stories and examples of the work being done on different fronts. Try

www.oxfam.org.uk

www.wateraid.orguk

www.shelter.org.uk

www.redcross.org.uk.

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