Students at The British School of Kuwait realize how fortunate they are to enjoy a high quality of lifestyle which enables them to enjoy a wide range of toys and the pleasure they bring. As part of the BSK Charity programme the students have been involved in a Toy Appeal. The initial idea was for children to empathise with children who are less fortunate than themselves. The idea of ‘pre-loved’ toys was chosen so that the children could understand that charity is more than dropping money in a bucket. BSK students were asked to discuss the idea with their families and if they felt able to contribute a toy they had enjoyed playing with, that was still in good condition, BSK would accept the toy and pass it on.
The value of the discussion has proved to be an important part of their moral and spiritual development as framed in the English Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme. The response from the students has been overwhelming and Head Teacher, Mr Mark Brisbane commented: “I feel by using toys as a vehicle for charity we have made progress in deepening children’s understanding of what charity is.”
The toys were handed over to Mr Abdulrahman Al Shatti from Kuwait Aid who shared pictures of recent handovers to children in Africa with the BSK students. By sharing the pictures BSK took on the handover day and hopefully from the recipients in Africa themselves – the project will be closed in a meaningful way that will inspire BSK students to be active in charity projects for the rest of their lives.
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