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CABE in charity drive to put architecture on curriculum

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CABE has applied to the Charities Commission to set up a trust as a way of attracting extra funds to run education programmes. CABE commissioner Gillian Wolfe said the body's 'modest' budget meant that important promotional work, aimed at schools and the general public, had to attract third-party funding.

'I'm very keen to educate young people and those not predisposed to be interested in architecture. I want these people to be enfranchised and given a voice, ' said Wolfe, the head of education at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Wolfe hopes to channel any new funding into working with architecture centres such as Manchester's CUBE and the Hackney Building Exploratory, as well as introducing school children to architecture by trying to influence the national curriculum.

'I can't think of anything more cross-curricular - architecture and the built environment can touch science, maths, art, design, ' said Wolfe.

'There is not anything which better complements the curriculum.'

CABE is to receive less than £2 million during this financial year, a figure that will double next year. But both Wolfe and commission chief executive Jon Rouse believe this figure is inadequate (AJ 28.6.01).

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