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Can Education Combat Britian's Philanthropy Time-Bomb?

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"I never realised that every time I go to school I pass so many charities that I'd never even heard of," Basema Rehman, a year 10 pupil at Lampton School in Hounslow, tells me at an event designed to boost philanthropy amongst students at the academy.

Rehman has just pitched to a board of judges on behalf of Pets as Therapy, a charity that uses dogs and cats to provide therapeutic visits to hospitals, care homes and schools. Along with everyone in her year Rehman formed a small group to identify the needs of her local community. Each group then researched different organisations and chose the one they felt best addressed their chosen social issue. On-site visits and interviews with charity staff augmented the case they then put forward in a presentation to the entire school and the judging panel. The prize is £3,000 paid direct to the top group's charity.

Although Rehman didn't win, she is determined to contribute to her charity and make a difference in the community. As are all the year 10 students I spoke to.


You can read the full article here on the Huffington Post.


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