MONTHS of hard work by students examining overseas charities work and the positive impact this is having will be revealed tonight (Monday).
The inter-schools One World Charity Challenge Final takes place at the Manx Museum in Douglas.
Students from the high schools and from the Isle of Man College as well as King William’s College will deliver a presentation of the work of a Manx-registered charity working overseas.
The final is a gala-style evening where a panel of judges decide how a grant pool of £10,000 will be distributed between the finalists and which team is the overall winner receiving the Francis Davidson Cup – the challenge being sponsored by the H&S Davidson Trust with support from the government’s International Development Committee.
The line-up for the final is as follows: Koru Hospital Fund, helps in Kenya (Ballakermeen High School), Action Saves Kids, helps in India (Castle Rushen High School), Malawi Mission Project (St Ninian’s High School), Namaste Children’s House, helps in Nepal (Queen Elizabeth II High School), Ro-Man-Aid, helps in Romania (King William’s College) and Pahar Trust, helps in Nepal (Isle of Man College).
The aim of the One World Charity Challenge is to give students the opportunity to speak out for people in the developing world, through creating a presentation examining the work of a charity and the impact it has had on a young person.
Students have had to do much of the research and preparation for their presentations in their own time, and doing so has benefited them with a deeper understanding of the role the charity plays in the developing world.
Teams of students from the schools and colleges got involved in the challenge and learned about Manx charities working overseas as well as smaller UK registered charities which have received support from the Manx government’s International Development Committee. After selecting a charity, students worked on producing their presentations.
Recently, the schools and colleges held their own internal finals to decide which team represents them at the finals.
16-year-old Katie Holmes – from Castle Rushen High School’s team representing Action Save Kids – said: ‘We liked what they [Action Save Kids] stood for – empowerment of women and giving children a right to education,’
She added that with time spent researching the charity she has come to ‘believe more and more about what it stands for and to believe in their message’.
Students were encouraged to use imagery and deliver presentations that reflect the country’s culture, history music and art as well as show the wider development issues faced.
Judging criteria asks for presentations that give a clear statement about the work of the charity, the results and outputs, and the benefits it delivers; why they selected their chosen charity, and the students knowledge and perception of its effectiveness; analysis of how the charity has helped build self-reliance and changed the life of a young person; insight into some of the development issues that young people face, and how the Millennium Development Goals seek to eradicate these issues; understanding of other cultures; the group’s teamwork and the delivery of an interesting, lively, and creative interpretation that sensitively depicts the life of a young person in the developing world.
For more information about the challenge visit the website www.oneworldcharitychallenge.com
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