Child sponsorship: five top tips for your school | ActionAid UK

Here are a few ideas on how to make the most of child sponsorship in your school, and how to inspire your pupils to get fundraising! 

Children on their way to write messages to their sponsors in Sirajgong, Bangladesh as part of ActionAid's child sponsorship programme
On the way to collect children’s messages in Sirajgong, Bangladesh

1. Explore the world

Child sponsorship is a great way to get your pupils excited about a different country. Make the most of it by setting homework and classroom challenges to explore your sponsored child’s country, and the region in which they live. What foods might they eat? What games do they play? What’s the weather like? What do you have in common?

2. Get creative

One tutor group at Headlands school in Yorkshire made their own child sponsorship video using only a mobile phone. The girls’ aim was to publicize their child sponsorship and raise even more money.

You could also use your creativity to make a message for your sponsored child; why not create a poster or a piece of art that they can share with their class.

3. Fun fundraising

There are plenty of activities that your whole school can enjoy taking part in, and pupils will learn lots of new skills by hosting their own event and working together.

4. Encourage and incentivise

At Headlands school each house sponsors a different child. Tutor groups are awarded one house point for every pound raised towards their sponsored child. This helps to integrate child sponsorship into the school, and incentivises the pupils fundraising.

5. Shout about it

Write a feature for your school’s newspaper about your sponsored child, or write an article about your school’s fundraising in your local press. This will help to make your pupils proud of their hard work, and encourage your community to support their efforts.

A special thanks to Headlands school in Yorkshire for sharing their ideas with us.