THOUGHTFUL pupils from a Gainsborough school became the change they wanted to see as part of an international day of awareness and fundraising.
Children from Benjamin Adlard Primary School wore fancy dress and held a day of raising money and discussing ways to help those less fortunate than them as part of UNICEF’s Day For Climate Change 2011.
Pam Henderson from the school said that everyone got involved to try and do their bit for a good cause.
“Pupils, staff and parents all got together and dressed up to support UNICEF’s Day For Change,” said Pam.
“Throughout the week, all pupils have been participating in educational activities linked to climate change and how it is effecting people’s basic human rights.”
“Through fundraising, our school is helping UNICEF to make a difference to the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.”
Pam said that the children were very active in thinking up initiatives and different ways to help those less fortunate in third world countries and ways for them to help prevent climate change in their everyday lives.
She continued: “The children wanted to have a ‘change the way you look’ day, whereby all of the pupils were encouraged to be as creative and imaginative as possible in their dress, and they also wanted some change buckets made available so that parents could donate any small change from their pockets or from down the back of the settee.”
Pam added: “All of the classes have also thought of their own ‘change for the better’ pledge in order for them to do their own little bit to help stop climate change in their everyday lives.”
A UNICEF spokesman said: “In exchange for making a change for a day, parents, children and teachers make a donation to help children and communities deal with the effects of climate change.”
“Denying child rights is wrong, so a huge thank you to all of those who raised money through Day for Change and helped us put it right.”
They added: “Every child has the right to an education, to health, to a childhood, to be treated fairly, and the right to be heard. These fundamental rights are being denied by climate change.”
They added: “Day for Change has raised money to help communities in Guyana adapt to these changes, and help ensure that children are able to realise their rights.”
For more information or to donate to UNICEF please visit: www.unicef.org.uk