- March 6th, 2014
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Time: 09:30 (for 10:00 start) – 15:00
Venue: Glasgow Hilton Hotel, William Street, Glasgow, G3 8HT
Education Scotland is excited to be hosting its first community resilience conversation and networking event with a view to developing a shared, partnership approach to provide 3-18 resilience education opportunities.
The day aims to bring together members of the Scottish Government, emergency planning and civil contingencies teams from local councils, representatives from local education authorities, and members of other key organisations to consider community resilience as a rich and exciting context for teaching and learning focusing on a range of contexts such as flooding and other forms of extreme weather and their impact on our lives.
Conversation activities will provide delegates with opportunities to network with one another and engage in professional dialogue in relation to preparing for emergencies and developing resilient communities. Selected examples of good practice will also be shared through engaging presentations delivered by government, local council and school representatives.
We would like to invite you to take part in the event at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel on the 17th March 2014 to explore how we might take forward resilience education and consider important developments in teaching and learning. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. There is no cost to attend.
We would be grateful if you could register online at http://svy.mk/Mb8ZM7 by Monday 10th March 2014 to confirm your attendance and inform us of any special dietary or access requirements you may have.
Fair Trade Fortnight 2014 is now approaching its end, and this year the Fairtrade Foundation has run a special campaign with a focus on the trade in Bananas. Fair Trade is a broad concept, and other products such as chocolate, coffee and cotton are frequently seen in school activities around this time of year.
Schools get involved in the new annual campaigns each year, but teachers also work with their students the whole year round to facilitate study and thinking about issues of justice and international development. Young people develop their understanding of the issues underlying key global problems, and come to recognise the potential for their own contribution to making a difference.
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum (SFTF) supports and encourages positive action all over Scotland, and schools rise to the challenge. Extending educational activity into nurseries and early years establishments is a particular focus in the coming months.
The next opportunity to highlight Scotland’s Fair Trade Nation status and raise awareness of the range of activities will be in Edinburgh on Saturday 10th May. Scotland’s Fair Trade Fiesta aims to celebrate World Fair Trade Day by involving people of all ages and backgrounds. The website has details of how schools and local groups can get involved in the parade and the event.
- February 17th, 2014
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A 14 year old school boy has produced Lego animations to promote the British Red Cross’ resilience campaign. Using a basic webcam and laptop, the interactive film was crafted in his tiny bedroom-cum studio, bringing together an interest in amateur film-making and a life-long enthusiasm for Lego.
The ‘Disaster Island’ film has now gone live on the British Red Cross website with the aim of helping the organisation to demonstrate the importance of resilience – the ability to withstand and recover from disasters at home and abroad.
To see the animation go to: http://bit.ly/1e0tIsc
For further teaching and learning ideas and free resources go to Education Scotland’s ‘Ready for Emergencies’ Website:http://bit.ly/1gmTEml
A new online educational resource for global citizenship, ‘On the Land We Stand’, focuses on the subject of land ownership and usage in rural communities. It uses this theme to get young people to explore issues about power, rights, fairness and sustainability.
Targeted at education in lower Secondary, this resource provides background information, images, activities, and links to other resources which offer extended coverage. It will assist teachers to develop the global awareness of their students around this essential issue.
The struggle over land ownership is a recurring theme in history, with the Highland Clearances being a historic example in which many Scottish communities experienced a period of great loss and thousands of Scots left their land forever. In the 21st century, some poor communities in developing countries are suffering today from ‘land grabbing’ imposed by companies or governments. ‘On the Land We Stand’ looks at key areas: the importance of land from the perspective of local people; rights; forced migration; and actions for positive change.
The creation of this resource was led by the Highland One World education centre, one of the Development Education Centres in Scotland which has benefitted from funding through the programmes of Department for International Development and the Scottish Government. HOW partners for this project included Oxfam, Christian Aid, and the Highland Council.
Fair Trade Fortnight is an annual opportunity to make a special effort at promoting trade justice and sustainable agriculture, and many schools get heavily involved each year. Its a great way to get students to consider issues of equity and international development, and to boost their understanding of themselves as active global citizens who can make a positive difference to the world around them. In 2014 Fair Trade Fortnight will take place from 24th February to 9th March, and the Fairtrade Foundation is running a special campaign about the trade in Bananas. The Foundation’s website has a range of resources to assist the work of local campaigners and activists.
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is the key promoter of Fair Trade approaches in Scotland, and active throughout the whole year. Its website includes a section for schools which would be useful for any teacher starting to get involved in this issue. Students can be powerful forces for change, both in their own actions and in persuading others to change habits of consumption. Schools can work towards achievement of their own Fair Trade School Award.
In 2014 the SFTF is encouraging the roll-out of Fair Trade Nurseries, already piloted in East Dunbartonshire with great success. Interest is high, with many Early Years staff inspired by the learning opportunities created by the programme and the enthusiasm with which it has been met.
Last year Scotland was declared a Fair Trade Nation, a status achieved by meeting demanding criteria. Now each year Fair Trade Fortnight provides a chance to demonstrate continuing progress.
Schools in Scotland have many opportunities to bring ‘Europe’ into the classroom. Curricular and cross-curricular work, projects, competitions, school partnerships, exchanges and study visits are just some of the ways in which teachers address some aspect of life in the European Union and other European nations.
For example: the Scottish European Educational Trust has just announced the winners of its ‘Our Europe’ film competition 2013-14 for secondary schools. Congratulations to Lenzie Academy, East Dunbartonshire, and to the other students taking part. The young people worked hard to create short films which highlighted what being an EU citizen means to them and demonstrated their knowledge of European languages. All the finalist school films will be made available for viewing on the ‘Our Europe’ competition website soon.
For teachers and Headteachers who are thinking about adding an extra European dimension to their curricular work, the European Parliament office in the UK is running Professional Development sessions around the country to offer new resources, update subject knowledge, and a chance to talk to one of the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). With the European Parliament elections to be held in May 2014, and the subject of membership of the European Union frequently discussed in the media, these updating opportunities will be very useful. The Scottish teacher event is in Glasgow city centre on Friday 28th February, and participants can choose from a choice of sessions during the day. Details and online booking are available through the EP website.
On 27th January each year many schools mark Holocaust Memorial Day, which is held on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Schools may run some curricular or interdisciplinary learning in the lead-up to HMD, perhaps including a presentation with a survivor of one of the genocides, and on the day many will host a special student assembly, performance or exhibition. Often there is community participation in the activities to commemorate the dead of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in countries such as Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Sudan.
2014 is the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, and some of the programmes this year will have a special focus on the experience of that country and its people.
Each year a national Scottish commemorative event is hosted by one of the 32 Scottish local authorities, and Stirling Council hosted the evening event in 2014. A Council press release gives some details of local activity.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust identified ‘Journeys‘ as the key theme for the 2014 memorial campaign, and published materials for teachers and other local event leaders to use. The Holocaust Education Trust education resources are also well used by teachers preparing students for HMD.
Education Scotland published a new resource ‘Kindertransport: escaping the Holocaust’, which explores the significance of this rescue mission to bring Jewish children out of Nazi-dominated countries before the war began. This also tells the story of one of the Kinder, Dorrith Sim, who made a new life in Scotland.
The Gathering the Voices project is creating a valuable asset for school students and adults, a digital bank of testimony from people who sought safety in Scotland to escape the dangers of anti-semitism in Nazi occupied Europe.
- January 12th, 2014
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The Scottish Education Awards celebrate the hard work and success which takes place in Scottish education. They recognise the achievements of people who dedicate their lives to children and young people and showcase the valuable work and innovation in Scottish classrooms.
The awards this year will once again feature a Sustainable School category and also a Global Citizenship category to recognise the achievements of schools that have developed effective whole school approaches in these areas. The awards also support the wider national strategy relating to the Learning for Sustainability Report.
If your school has a good story to tell in relation to global citizenship, sustainability, outdoor learning and play and/or children’s rights then we’d like to encourage you to apply so we can help celebrate your achievements and share your good practice with others. Find out more about the awards and how to apply by visiting http://www.scottisheducationawards.org.uk/nominate/categories/index.asp
The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday 21 February 2014.
- January 10th, 2014
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Nominations are now open for this year’s Scottish Education Awards, an annual opportunity for recognition of excellent and innovative work in Scottish education. Each year this programme identifies outstanding achievement in educational establishments across the country, and shares those achievements with a wider audience.
In 2014 there are 3 categories which will be of special relevance for schools that are accomplishing excellent work in areas of Global Citizenship. These are: Global Citizenship Award; Sustainable Schools Award; and the Commonwealth Games Legacy Award. The full list of nomination categories is available on the SEA 2014 website.
The closing date for nominations is Friday 21st February 2014. If you know of a school which is doing great work in any one of the Award category areas, please do encourage them to complete a nomination form.
Education Scotland is working with the Daily Record to organise and host the 2014 Awards, which will culminate in an Awards ceremony in June to celebrate success and announce the winners. A Daily Record news story reports on the launch of this year’s Awards.
It’s time to start planning for Climate Week – eight weeks from now on 3-9 March 2014. It is Britain’s largest climate change campaign, with half a million people attending over 3,000 events each year.
Enter the Climate Week Challenge, a competition for small teams in schools and workplaces. It needs no preparation, is free and helps develop innovation and teamwork. There are one-hour and one-day versions – register here.
Enter the Climate Week Awards for professional achievement that is helping to create a more sustainable society – click here to find out more. Deadline – Friday 14th February 2014
Run a Climate Week Swap event at which people can exchange clothes, books or children’s toys they don’t want any more – find out more here.
Please remember to register your events and activities with Climate Week – they will then be listed as an official part of Climate Week, encouraging others to take part and so growing the movement for environmental change.