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April 3rd, 2014

Game On Scotland diversity and equality event

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 Promoting diversity and equality

 A professional learning opportunity

 When? 09.00-15.00, 7th May 2014
Where? Hampden National Stadium, Glasgow

 Who should attend?
Teachers and senior managers in all schools, Equality co-ordinators, and staff with a whole school responsibility for Games Legacy, including cluster initiatives, community learning and wider curriculum remits related to the Games (e.g. health and wellbeing). In addition it is relevant for those with a wider global citizenship remit and a particular interest in diversity and equality, tackling sectarianism and human rights issues.

About the event:
With Scotland’s biggest ever cultural and multi-sport event due to start in July, we would like to invite practitioners to join us and find out more about pertinent issues related to the Commonwealth Games. Reflecting on the three core values of the Commonwealth Games Federation, humanity, equality and destiny, the conference will provide delegates with speakers and workshops focused on values education in a global context as well as the inclusion of all.

The event will showcase initiatives from schools and third sector organisations across the board and highlight programmes available to teachers to ensure that, together, we deliver a lasting legacy for learning. The addresses will be delivered a number of inspirational speakers covering a wider range of topics from para-sport, tackling sectarianism, inequality and discrimination through the common goals of the Commonwealth and rights based education.

A variety of engaging workshops delivered by practitioners and organisations experienced in Games Legacy work will provide practical, hands-on exemplification on the impact of using the Games as a context for learning. Workshop sessions will include:
• exemplification from primary, secondary schools and special schools
• inspirational address by people directly engaged with equality and diversity education
• Third sector and international initiatives
• cluster and local authority initiatives.

To register for a place at this free event, sign up online, or email Diane Carson: Diane.Carson@educationscotland.gov.uk

The Game On Scotland website gives more details of all the CG2014 education activity.

 

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March 27th, 2014

2050 Climate Change Group

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 : Categories citizenship, community, health and wellbeing, learner voice, outdoor learning, sciences, scottish culture, social studies, sustainable development

Young Scot and the 2020 Climate Group, the national group working to deliver a low carbon future for Scotland, are looking for young people for the 2050 Climate Group.

The 2050 Climate Group is a pioneering initiative within Scotland with the ultimate aim of empowering young people to shape Scotland’s low carbon future. The group will present a national platform to represent the voice of young people to engage, influence and shape the transformational change required for Scotland to progress to a low carbon economy. Group members will have the opportunity to engage in decision making at a national level and share their views, experiences and findings.

The 2050 Climate Group will make a unique contribution towards ensuring that young Scots have the opportunity to raise awareness of issues surrounding climate change and sustainable solutions and show young people that they need to be actively involved in creating a low carbon future for all. No formal qualifications are necessary but is expected that members have some degree of influence and leadership experience and will be able to commit to the group for a minimum of one year. It will provide young representatives with the opportunity to be part of leading the drive to a low carbon future for Scotland, undertake high quality training, improve skills and partake in great networking opportunities.

Young Scot are inviting young people aged 18-30 from across Scotland who are passionate about the environment and want to make a difference to apply with this exciting new climate group and help lead the drive to a low carbon future. This is an excellent opportunity for young individuals from business, NGO, third sector and community backgrounds, who are already having an influence in their communities, to make an even bigger impact.

Find out more here.

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March 19th, 2014

Earth Hour 2014 – Saturday March 29th (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

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It’s almost time for the WWF’s Earth Hour 2014 – sign up now at: http://bit.ly/1j3dQOv and be a dazzling Earth Hour Star!

WWF’s Earth Hour is the world’s biggest celebration of our amazing planet, with hundreds of millions of people from around the world coming together in a spectacular lights out display.

It’s a brilliant reminder that together we can make change happen and a chance to think about the small things we can all do to make a brighter future.

This year thousands of people in Scotland will be switching off their lights in a huge, symbolic show of support for action on climate change and a more sustainable future.

So whether you spend your time reflecting under the stars, celebrating by candlelight, or even playing your favourite sport lit by solar-powered lanterns, Earth Hour is a moment to say you’ll do your bit to protect our planet – not just for one hour, but every day.

Earth Hour 2014 will take place at 8.30pm on Saturday 29th March.

- Find out what’s happening across the country during Earth hour: http://bit.ly/1kI6flS

- Get involved in Earth Hour 2014: http://bit.ly/1fHjOMS

- For ideas about taking Earth Hour a step further: http://bit.ly/1otOJmJ

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March 12th, 2014

Last Chance: Community Resilience Conversation and Networking event – Monday 17th March 2014 at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel. (09:30 for 10:00 start – 15:00)

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 : Categories citizenship, community, curriculum areas, early years, health and wellbeing, outdoor learning, primary schools, renewables and climate change, sciences, secondary schools, sharing practice, social studies, sustainable development, technologies

There are still places available at Education Scotland’s Community Resilience Conversation and Networking Event on Monday 17th March.

 

 

 

The day is aimed at 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.

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 in schools and consider important developments in teaching and learning.

We would be grateful if you could register online at http://svy.mk/Mb8ZM7 by end of day Thursday 13th March 2014 to confirm your attendance and inform us of any special dietary or access requirements you may have.

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March 6th, 2014

Community Resilience Education – Conversation Day and Networking Event – Mon 17th March 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.

 

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March 4th, 2014

Fair Trade fortnight and more

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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.

 

 

 

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February 17th, 2014

School boy promotes Red Cross resilience campaign through interactive Lego animation

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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

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February 13th, 2014

Land issues and ‘Land Grabs’

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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.

 

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February 10th, 2014

Fair Trade 2014

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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.

 

 

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February 5th, 2014

Europe update, February 2014

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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.

 

 

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This blog contains ideas, resources and information to support global citizenship activities in schools - including international, sustainable development and citizenship education and also games legacy.