All posts in the ‘International’ Category
- April 29th, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: commonwealth games, interdisciplinary, Shona Robison, UNICEF
: Categories Commonwealth Games, global citizenship, International
This partnership brings together UNICEF, the world’s leading organisation for children, with the biggest sporting and cultural event ever to take place in Scotland, with the aim of inspiring and enabling children to be the best they can be.
The partnership was unveiled last week by the first Olympic female boxing gold medallist, Nicola Adams, at Swinton Primary School in the east end of Glasgow – a Rights Respecting School that is supported by the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) and an example of grass roots level activity in Scotland.
The event was hosted by pupils who demonstrated their hopes for a better future for children in song, poetry and pledges before asking Nicola, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg, UNICEF UK Executive Director David Bull and CGF’s Bruce Robertson, to add their opinions to the wall.
Ewan McGregor and David Beckham have also given their backing to plans to put children at the heart of Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy. The Scottish Hollywood star and England footballer are ambassadors for United Nations children’s charity Unicef . Actor McGregor, who is from Perthshire, said the link-up “opens the door to helping transform children’s lives”.
David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014 said:
“The children of Swinton Primary in Glasgow have a powerful message for children throughout Scotland and across the Commonwealth. Put simply, they want to be the best they can be. I am thrilled that through our new and bold partnership with UNICEF, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games aims to help them and hundreds and thousands of other children achieve that.
David Bull, UNICEF UK Executive Director, said:
“The Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow in 2014 provides us with a unique opportunity to harness the immense power of sport and culture for the best possible outcome – to improve the lives of children in Scotland and across the Commonwealth.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Glasgow 2014 and with the CGF, and look forward to making history together.“
Mike Hooper, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said:
“We are very excited with this new partnership with UNICEF and Glasgow 2014. The Commonwealth Games movement embraces all 71 nations and territories across the Commonwealth and UNICEF works in a great many of these, helping children to have healthy, happy futures by ensuring they have access to education, healthcare and other practical assistance that will support their future development.”
Olympic boxing champion, Gold Medallist, Nicola Adam, said:
“I am absolutely delighted to support this partnership and be part of the event this morning. It was great to meet the children and hear about their aspirations and what they need to be the best they can be. This is a fantastic collaboration which will reach out to every child in Scotland and much further afield.
“I believe that every child has the right to reach their full potential and to be the best they can be and it was great to be able to tell the children my story and how I fulfilled my own potential. Hopefully there will be some inspirational messages they can take from that but I know I have definitely been inspired by the young people I have met here today.”
Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison said:
“UNICEF improves the lives of millions of children in Scotland and around the world, and this is a groundbreaking partnership that will reach far and wide. Physical activity and sport are a powerful force for good and the Games will help to inspire children to fulfill their potential and, through this partnership, give children around the Commonwealth a better future.”
Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said:
“The power to inspire young people in Glasgow, Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth will be one of the great legacies of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Education and access to other opportunities can transform the lives of young people, giving them the chance to reach their potential, and I would like to wish this fantastic partnership every success.”
UNICEF reaches children in Commonwealth countries through its global network of country offices and National Committees working to promote the rights of every child to health care, water, nutrition, education and protection with a focus on the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. In Scotland, UNICEF UK has child rights education campaigns for children in schools, health settings and local government.
The partnership, with the CGF and Glasgow 2014 aims to raise funds for UNICEF’s work in Commonwealth countries around the world.More
- February 27th, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: sport, Youth Olympics Glasgow 2018
: Categories Get Set, International, International Inspirations
With Glasgow now being announced as one of the three remaining contestants for the Youth Olympics in 2018, the campaign to support the city as the r host has been joined by Get Set, the London 2012 education programme. Get Set has invited all its registered schools in Britain to join the Back our Bid campaign!
The Youth Olympic Games is a major international sporting event for the best young athletes in the world. Inspirations awakened during the the Commonwealth Games next year would allow visions to be translated into long them legacies in Glasgow.
Make sure you’re part of the journey from 2012, to 2014 to 2018, and together we can continue to inspire a generation of young people.
- February 11th, 2013
- Comments: 3 Comments » Tags: Tags: Game On Scotland, global citizenship, leadership, sport your trainer
: Categories Commonwealth Games, global citizenship, health and well being, International
You and your school are invited to Sport Your Trainers on Commonwealth Day, 11 March 2013. Sport Your Trainers is a national campaign which asks people to wear their trainers as a symbolic gesture of support for Glasgow 2014.
This is just the first step: the Games provides a platform for learning across the curriculum, with a range of potential activities to best suit your teaching and learning needs.
Sport Your Trainers can be used as a catalyst for learning about the countries of the Commonwealth. Your school could “adopt” a Commonwealth country and focus on its history, culture and place in the world. It will also be a springboard for healthy activities and sporting participation – why not try a Commonwealth sport, hold a Commonwealth-themed assembly or try to walk, run, jog or skip to ‘reach’ your adopted country? On signing up for Sport Your Trainers you’ll receive a Digital Toolkit filled with facts about the Commonwealth Games, art activity sheets and promotional materials.
Over half of the people of the Commonwealth are under 25 years of age and we want to make sure that the children and young people of Scotland have every chance to engage with Glasgow 2014. We have 10,000 Glasgow 2014 laces that will be distributed equally across all local authorities for them to allocate and Clyde, the Glasgow 2014 mascot, might even pay your school a visit.
To register for this Scotland-wide project please email SportYourTrainers@glasgow2014.com and you will receive a link – simply click to download the Digital Toolkit.
Please note pupils are encouraged to wear their trainers to school on Sport Your Trainers day, Monday 11 March. However, it is not compulsory. Local Authorities/school senior management should use their discretion as to whether this is appropriate footwear for their schools.
To receive the latest information about opportunities to get involved in activities around the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games simply sign up for Game on Scotland, the official Games Legacy education programme to be launched in mid-March.More
- December 4th, 2012
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: commonwealth games, Glasgow 2014, interdisciplinary
: Categories Commonwealth Games, global citizenship, International, sustainable development
The project Edinburgh Gets Set for the Games, an inspirational project providing an exciting context for interdisciplinary learning in schools, won the Children & Families Award for Partnership Working. The links included partnerships between a wide variety of organisations such as Eco Schools Scotland (‘Country in a basket’), Edinburgh Zoo (‘Animal Olympics’), the Royal Botanic Gardens (special tours), National Museums of Scotland (‘Create your own exhibition’), Sport Scotland, Edinburgh University and Heriot Watt University (foreign student placements), all helping to enrich the initiative.
In 2011 all primary and special schools in the city were invited to take part in a range of activities round the Olympic and Paralympic Games, covering topics including sport, global citizenship, art, music, language and culture throughout the academic year. The programme culminated in a celebration event at Meadowbank Stadium in June this year with over 1,000 pupils participating in a wide range of sporting activities.
Clare Soper, International Unit Manager City of Edinburgh Council explains how this successful project will be carried forward for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
She said, “For us the games coming to Glasgow represents a great opportunity to structure learning in schools around different Commonwealth countries and work with people from other nations. We are looking forward to having people from around the world visiting Scotland and we intend to help schools match children with their peers in other countries to learn about different lifestyles, music, dance, culture and art. Where possible we will also match them to a student from the commonwealth currently studying in Edinburgh. We will also include the values of the Commonwealth Games and build the new programme around how children can share these with the athletes taking part.
“Working with sport colleagues to ensure children participate in new sports and link sport with the arts will remain a key element of the Edinburgh gets Set for the Games initiative. The Commonwealth Games will help to create extra interest in sport amongst children and it will be great to get access to motivational speakers to help inspire kids.
Claire continues: “I think that it’s fantastic that the Commonwealth Games are coming to Scotland. We’ve already had a great reaction from schools and it’s going to make the games a lot more accessible to children who will have more opportunity to be part of it and actually see some of the events. “I also hope that the games will also help to decrease racism in Scotland and challenge people’s views on other countries. It’s a chance to open children’s eyes to the rest of the world, confront stereotypes and highlight some of the achievements of other nations.”
Image courtesy of ‘Grounds for Learning’More
- November 19th, 2012
- Comments: 1 Comment Tags: Tags: commonwealth games, games legacy
: Categories Commonwealth Games, International
The Emirates Arena’ s sports hall and athletics arena as well as the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome have been the chosen venue for a number of international events, giving the public and particularly young people the opportunity to experience and benefit from the new sporting facilities in Glasgow’s East End.
The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome was put to its first real test hosting the Track World Cup three weeks ago. The sellout event saw a number of dramatic races including the unfortunate crash of Jason Kenny and the spectacular gold medal performance of the 20 year old Laura Trott.
From 21 – 25 November the Emirates Arena and sports hall provided a first class venue for competitors of the International Badminton Championships . Over 5 days hundreds players of all ages and ability competed against each other, allowing a large number of young players to be part of an international event culminating in world class, thrilling finals.
This weekend World Premier Club Challenege 6 major international netball teams have competed in the sports arena, displaying world class performances in this discipline.
Early next year Glasgow will welcome athletes from around the world to the British Athletics International Match (26 January 2013), a unique opportunity to see some of those London 2012 heroes in action again.
In the run-up to Glasgow 2014 there will be many more exciting opportunities for young people to be enthused and involved in a wide range of sporting activities, all important components in order to create a lasting legacy and a more active Scotland.More
- October 31st, 2012
- Comments: none Tags: : Categories Commonwealth Games, dance, International
Orkney Islands Council marks the count down to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with ‘Jump In’, a celebration of dance, music and sport as part of the Games for Scotland programme.
This year, Orkney Islands Council has been awarded £10,000 to coordinate an event in connection with the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Vicky Millen, along with young people who have been chosen to be Youth Legacy Ambassadors, has been working hard over the last few weeks to co-ordinate the celebration.
“The show is going to be great, with local dance groups and musicians being joined by the Shetland African drumming group Aestawast, Y Dance – the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland and our new act this year, Indepen-dance” said Vicky.
The Games for Scotland programme, managed by EventScotland who funded the ‘Jump In’ event, forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver a lasting legacy as a result of the Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland. People across Scotland are being invited to join the excitement in the lead up to 2014 by going along to one of the events taking place between 10 September and 30 November 2012. www.eventscotland.org/gamesforscotland
This year the Games for Scotland programme welcomes the Glasgow 2014 Mascot which will help to generate national, regional, and international awareness of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games bringing the excitement of the Games to Scotland’s young people and encouraging them to lead an active lifestyle and participate in sport. www.glasgow2014.comMore
- August 22nd, 2012
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: Forest Pitch
: Categories Get Set, global citizenship, International, olympics
The Forest Pitch, near Selkirk, was built by Edinburgh-based artist Craig Coulthard as part of artistic celebrations of the 2012 Olympics.
Four teams of “new Scots” – people who have come to the country for a variety of reasons – were due to play in July.
An SFA referee has now cleared the game to go ahead on Saturday.
The Forest Pitch has been built in the heart of Selkirk woodland owned by the Duke of Buccleuch.
The strips for the teams involved were designed by schoolchildren in a national competition. For more information please contact Culture Creative on 01665 833751 between 10am and 4pm or email email@example.com
- July 30th, 2012
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: commonwealth games, games legacy, Glasgow 2014 Interaction Ambassadors Delhi 2010 Chiara Ruddy
: Categories global citizenship, health and well being, International, International Inspirations, olympics, Paralympics, Uncategorized
Commonwealth Games logo has received a make over to ensure the Glasgow 2014 legacy brand is fit for its many purposes over the next two years. The main purpose of the brand is to give visible identity to, and direct association with, quality legacy activity at both a Scotland wide and a Glasgow city level, to encourage people throughout Scotland to become involved in legacy activity in the lead up to 2014 and to promote an understanding of legacy and what the benefits are.
The creative concept suggests new horizons and new opportunities; the straight lines create a horizon with the concentric circles forming a positive aspirational mood. We felt this reflected our legacy messaging really well and allowed us close synergy with the OC brand, and their sub-brands. A Glasgow version of this main Scotland brand has been developed for use by Glasgow City Council ensuring connectivity to the legacy activity happening in Glasgow with the rest of Scotland. Glasgow City Council is informing their stakeholders of this change today as well.More
- July 2nd, 2012
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: athlete
: Categories Get Set, global citizenship, health and well being, International, literacy, olympics
All primary schools in Edinburgh were invited to engage in a wider range of educational initiatives across the curriculum based on the Olympic and Paralympic values. These included for example comparative studies of ‘adopted’ countries using art, literature and geography as well as themes such as global footprint, refugees and access to education. Partnerships between for example Eco schools (‘Country in a basket’), Edinburgh Zoo (‘Animal Olympics’), the Royal Botanic Gardens (special tours), National Museums of Scotland (‘Create your own exhibition’), Sport Scotland, Edinburgh University and Heriot Watt University (foreign student placements) helped to enrich the initiative.
The programme culminated in a celebration event at Meadowbank Stadium with over 1000 pupils participating in wide variety of cultural and sporting activities.More
- January 9th, 2012
- Comments: 2 Comments » Tags: : Categories Commonwealth, Commonwealth Games, dance, Get Set, global citizenship, health and well being, International, International Inspirations, olympics, Paralympics, sustainable development
Date: 31st January 2012
Venue: The Hilton, William Street, Glasgow
Places are filling rapidly for the Education Scotland national event to share and develop your knowledge, experience and ideas in developing a legacy for learning from the Games.
London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 – the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games – put Scotland in a unique position over the next 3 years to make a lasting impact on our major national agendas: health, education, the economy, culture and the environment. London 2012 will be the biggest show on the planet with an audience of over 3 billion. It will be closely followed by Glasgow 2014 when Scotland will welcome teams from the 54 countries and 71 teams of the Commonwealth to participate in our Games. The coming together of athletes, performers and officials from across the globe in the pursuit of excellence offers educators an ideal opportunity to capture the spirit of the Games, encourage the values that underpin them and inspire young people in schools and communities across Scotland to be the best they can be and to become active, healthy, creative and enterprising global citizens.
This Games Legacy for Learning event will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas about how the Games can be used as a rich context for learning to encourage sustainable international partnerships and to support the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence. As well as showcasing some of the ways in which schools, local authorities and partners have already engaged with the Games, the event will enable practitioners to access a wide range of resources and opportunities and to network with fellow professionals and partners to support their own practice.
Education Scotland is committed to supporting the aims of the Scottish Government’s Games Legacy for Scotland plan and to working in partnership with the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee and the London 2012 ‘Get Set’ team, to enable a legacy for learning. London 2012, as well as being an exciting opportunity in its own right, provides Scotland with an ideal springboard for Glasgow 2014.
Click to download the draft programme
How to book
To register for this event please visit http://conta.cc/gameslegacy.
This event is free. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Please contact Diane Carson on 0141 282 5172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.More