Call for UK Primary Schools!

by | Jul 11, 2022 | News

For 2022 Thinking of You Week, and in recognition of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year and 70 years service to the commonwealth, the Greeting Card Association (GCA) are working to connect, through greeting cards, 70 UK groups of children with 70 groups of children from the Commonwealth country Ghana.

This initiative provides an opportunity to enable children in the UK to exchange cards with those in Ghana during Thinking of You Week.  As well as sharing the joy in sending and receiving cards, this initiative will also aid the children’s own sense of identity, their ability to express themselves, and to assist them with their understanding of others. Writing a card actively promotes empathy, helps with emotional communication and conveys the value of doing something special for others, as well as being a fun way to practice their handwriting!

Consultation with teachers has identified children in Year 3 and 4 as those who would benefit most from this initiative. This is a milestone year in a child’s development and sense of identity, also when children become more conscious of a much bigger world beyond their immediate family.  However, the children to include is at the discretion of the participating schools. Note we have had some Brownie leaders contact us – you are welcome to join in too! This project is open to all appropriate organised groups serving children of this age.

GCA members have come together to make this initiative happen: All the children in both Ghana and the UK will be provided with greeting cards for the children to write their messages. Award-winning greeting card publishers Lottie Simpson and Afrotouch will be designing the cards for this project. Lottie from Lottie Simpson will design for the UK schools and Georgina from Afrotouch for the Ghana schools. Specialist printer, Graphite Creative, have kindly agreed to print the cards for this project with G.F Smith supplying the board. ENVECO have offered to supply the envelopes and Ohh Deer are donating pens to the Ghanaian children to use to write their cards. This really is a GCA team effort!

How can you get involved?

We need to recruit UK primary schools! So please contact your local primary school and encourage them to take part! Download and share the presentation on this blog, this provides the school with all the information on the project and how to register.

Please contact adriana@gca.cards if you have any questions.