Voluntary Work compulsory in schools
Recent research states many young people now feel as if they "have nothing to live for". Youth unemployment is currently at an all-time low, with consequences such as increased violence, crime and mental health issues.
What I propose is compulsory supervised voluntary work for children in schools. Benefits include:
1) Young people get a stronger sense of self-worth.
2) The work will enable young people to be more employable. The diversity of voluntary schemes means that each student will have different skills and experiences.
3) Reduced youth boredom with a choice of several projects or schemes (examples include planting/cultivating crops for the community or creating fundraisers such as charity gigs). A change of environment from the standard classroom setting will be seen as fun and exciting.
4) Children learn the importance of compassion and kindness in 'follow-up' sessions involving explanations of how their work is benefiting society.
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