Searching for the young World Changers of today

Vanessa Wright
30 July, 2020 : 20:37
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Are your children striving to make the world a better place? We want to celebrate them!

Never has it been more important to be aware of the world around us, to understand what is happening in communities, both near and far, and to recognise the power that every one of our actions can have.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has turned life upside down for so many of us, it has also highlighted the amazing ways that children and young people have looked beyond themselves to support their friends, families and communities - from care packages for neighbours, thank you cards to key workers or even songs encouraging others to stay home.

At learning company Pearson, we want to spread some much-needed positivity and celebrate these remarkable children and young people (and the parents, carers and teachers who support them) in our World Changer Awards.

We want to shine a light on the passion, resilience and altruism being pioneered by 5-19 year olds in homes, schools and communities across Britain. Whether it’s an act of kindness over lockdown, a group project or club to protect the environment, or a young person speaking up on the issues that matter to them, we’d love to know about it!

As the last few months of homeschooling have demonstrated, learning does not end in the classroom. What is taught in homes, schools and communities can harness the talent and passion needed for the future.

So, as part of the awards, we plan to shine a light on the world of experiences and opportunities that can be unlocked through subjects across the wider curriculum, from business studies and languages to the humanities and the creatives.

We are delighted to be working with the likes of Parentkind and world changing environmentalists, explorers, creatives, activists and entrepreneurs who are helping to empower children to make a difference in the world by sharing their remarkable journeys and advice. At their heart, the awards are about inspiring children and young people to interrogate the world around them, engage with local and global affairs and harness the power of education to drive real and lasting change.

So, what are you waiting for? Do you know a 5-19 year-old who is making an impact on the world - no matter how big or small? Have they made their positive mark on their community already? And could they be awarded the coveted ‘World Changer’ titles and prizes for their dedication and achievements?

Get involved today. Together, let’s inspire and celebrate the global citizens of tomorrow.

To find out more about entering the Pearson World Changer Awards and how to access the host of free resources to inspire your young pioneers, please visit the World Changers website.

The awards are open to individuals or groups aged between 5 and 19. Applications can be submitted via the website.


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Vanessa Wright

Vanessa Wright is Vice-President, Sales and Marketing for UK Schools at the world's learning company, Pearson.


Vanessa has been with Pearson for more than 20 years and currently leads the sales and marketing teams in the UK Schools business. She recently returned from leading the Schools business in Australia, and is also a trustee of the Generations Multi-Academy Trust in Hertfordshire.

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