The LEGO Group is today launching a new competition for schools as part of its Build the Change curriculum-linked education programme, which is a powerful way for children to express their hopes and dreams for the future.
The latest initiative sees the LEGO Group partnering with renowned filmmaker, Reggie Yates, to launch a competition encouraging school children aged 7-11 to create their own short films addressing an issue in their community they care about and their creative solutions for that issue.
It’s the first time the programme has prompted children to explore film as a medium to help them visualise, reflect and change the world around them. All competition entries will be judged by an expert panel, including Yates, with the winning school awarded with 10,000 LEGO bricks! What’s more, the two runners up will also win 3,000 bricks for their school.
The programme features two learning sessions that educators can easily lead their pupils through. Case-studies and videos provide inspiration for the participating children, and the education materials ensure the learning is linked to the National Curriculum. The programme sits within the English, Literacy, Art and Design and PSHE curricular. At the core of the outreach will be the National Schools Partnership (NSP) which consists of 100,000 teachers and careers experts.
Reggie Yates said:
“I’m really excited to support the LEGO Group’s Build the Change programme. Children are so tuned-in to the world around them and I think they offer a unique perspective on many issues. Filmmaking is a powerful way to communicate a problem and solution, so I’m looking forward to seeing the creativity these budding filmmakers bring to the table.”
David Pallash MBA, Senior Manager, at the LEGO Group said:
“The Build the Change programme is about giving children a voice and making them feel empowered. We’ve designed the programme to make it easy for educators to get their pupils involved and help them come up with creative solutions to the issues that matter to them. Each year we are blown away by the submissions so we’re excited to see this year’s entries.”
Those wanting more information including how to download the education pack can visithttps://nationalschoolspartnership.com/initiatives/lego-build-the-change/