In a context where 8% of children in Northern Ireland attend integrated education, Habitat Ireland’s Change Makers programme provides a unique opportunity for pupils from diverse backgrounds to learn together. Every year, more than 200 young people participate on the programme.
Using experiential learning, pupils explore key social justice issues facing our communities and our world. They consider how they can be Change Makers in their school, community and world; bringing about positive change for those in need.
Each programme is challenged to raise enough funds to help toward the cost of completing a house for a family in Malawi. A Habitat house in Malawi costs £2500 so we challenge pupils in each school to raise £1250. Fundraising is an opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills while helping to change a families’ life forever. We have lots of resources to help get you started.
Pupils volunteer for one day on a local Habitat community building project. While working together in a practical setting, stereotypes are challenged and they make a positive contribution to their community.
"It is superb! It allows a wide range of pupils to engage in Citizenship and voluntary work, and form relationships with pupils from another school. It builds self-esteem and pushes pupils to risk-take and experience new things."Teacher, Belfast Royal Academy