Good bye Dr. Hugh Hawes

Child to Child is sad to announce that our co-founder, Dr. Hugh Hawes, passed away on 3 July 2014 in London. He will be deeply missed but his legacy will live on.

Before becoming full time Director of Child to Child Hugh worked as an educationalist in various countries, among them Uganda, Great Britain, Nigeria and Indonesia.


His funeral took place on Monday 14 July at Hither Green crematorium in London.


Tricia Young, Child to Child’s Director, is proud to continue his incredible legacy: “Hugh was such a towering and inspirational figure, who also embodied those wonderful qualities of charm and humility – a rare combination. Perhaps my fondest memory of him will always be a presentation he gave at an introductory session to Child to Child here at the IOE when he warned participants that Child to Child may look soft and fluffy, but in fact it’s really like catching a tiger by its tail. Such a beautiful image which well captures both the work and the man himself. Although I didn’t know him well, I will miss him greatly and only hope that we can do honour to his legacy with the work we continue to do with children around the world.”

Christiana Brown, our Programmes Manager, knew Hugh on a personal level too and is deeply saddened by his death: “Hugh was a great man yet very humble. He has been an inspiration to me throughout my career as both a promoter of and practitioner in children’s participation. He was part of the team that trained me in the Child to Child approach in Ghana as far back as 1994 and since then I have been privileged to call him and his lovely wife Colette, my friends and mentors. Hugh has done more for children worldwide than we can begin to fathom. He lived life to the fullest and we have a lot to celebrate as he made a huge impact on our world. May he rest in God’s perfect peace.”