Preparing a generation for success in life through an engaging active citizenship programme currently active in over 3,000 schools across the UK.
The WE Schools programme is reigniting the fundamental purpose of education: moving students to want to learn, preparing them with the life skills to better the world and empowering them to forge their own paths to success.
Since 2007, young people involved in WE Schools across the UK and North America have achieved remarkable results:
• £63.9 million raised for more than 2,500 local and global organisations.
• 27.8 million hours volunteered for local and global causes.
• 3.4 million kilograms of food collected by young people.
• 10.5 million hours of silence logged by young people who took a stand for children in developing communities who are denied their rights.
Currently active in over 3,000 schools across the UK, WE Schools resources are free to schools and always evolving to keep the learning materials fresh and relevant. For teachers it revitalises a class, the curriculum and everyone’s passion. The WE Schools programme reminds everyone what classrooms are supposed to be: vibrant, bubbling incubators that inspire tomorrow’s best leaders.
“I have been hugely inspired by WE Schools. The programme has had a discernable and genuinely life-changing impact on both pupils and staff at Yeading Junior School. WE Schools has given teachers the tools to engage their pupils in wider issues, and this has transformed pupils’ motivation, aspiration and leadership skills. For our pupils, WE Schools has opened their eyes to new ideas, interests and viewpoints, and it is incredible to watch as they continue to grow and achieve. Today, they wholeheartedly believe they have the power to make a difference in our wider world—and they are!” said Carole Jones, Headteacher of Yeading Junior School.
The WE Schools programme prepares students for success in life. Through educational resources and active citizenship campaigns, students further their curricular learning and develop the life skills for success. Young people are challenged to research and make an impact on at least one local and one global issue that sparks their passion.
Students at all-boys school Abbotsfield School in the London Borough of Hillingdon are taking action to tackle global gender inequality. Through their volunteering group, the Abbotsfriends, students are taking part in WE’s WE Are Rafikis campaign, selling handmade Rafiki Bracelets to support Kenyan women to develop new skills, gain financial independence and save for their families’ futures. Locally, the Abbotsfriends are building links with their community through weekly volunteering at a local residential home for the elderly. Through sharing stories, the students and the residents are breaking down the stereotypes that exist between young and old and forming new friendships.
By coordinating active citizenship projects, students involved in WE Schools learn skills in leadership, communication and project management. These are 21st century life skills that are often missed by traditional models of education.
Young people who take part in the WE Schools programme can earn a ticket to WE Day. WE Day is the manifestation of the WE Movement, a celebration of people coming together and filling stadiums around the globe to experience the greatest classroom in the world for a full day, live event. WE Day unites world-renowned speakers and award-winning performers such as Malala Yousafzai, Sir Richard Branson and Demi Lovato to Clive Owen, Prince Harry and Charlize Theron—with international activists and co-founders of the WE Movement, Craig and Marc Kielburger.
“Every year, more than 200,000 students, from over 12,000 schools around the globe earn their ticket to WE Day through the year-long WE Schools programme, creating positive impact at their schools and in their communities,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “WE Day UK will unite and celebrate thousands of young leaders who are working passionately for the causes they care about most, creating sustainable change on a local and global level.”
You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day, you earn it through the WE Schools programme. WE Day inspires, engages and empowers young people to lead through active citizenship, building compassionate communities and transforming participants into active world-changers in the process. This year alone over 200,000 young people will come together in 14 stadiums across Canada, the U.S. and the UK. Plus, millions will tune in to our live televised broadcast.