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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:

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


March 19th, 2014

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

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 : Categories citizenship, health and wellbeing, international, renewables and climate change, sciences, scottish culture, social studies, sustainable development, technologies

It’s almost time for the WWF’s Earth Hour 2014 – sign up now at: 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:

- Get involved in Earth Hour 2014:

- For ideas about taking Earth Hour a step further:

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.




February 13th, 2014

Land issues and ‘Land Grabs’

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 : Categories africa, international, social studies, sustainable development

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.


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.



January 12th, 2014

Scottish Education Awards – Global Citizenship and Sustainable School Categories

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 : Categories citizenship, community, early years, international, leadership, learner voice, outdoor learning, primary schools, secondary schools, sharing practice, sustainable development

Scottish Education Awards – Sustainable School and Global Citizenship Categories

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

The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday 21 February 2014.

January 10th, 2014

Global Citizenship and the Scottish Education Awards

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 : Categories citizenship, Commonwealth Games, curriculum areas, Game On Scotland, international, sharing practice, sustainable development

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.


January 8th, 2014

Climate Week 2014 Countdown!

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 : Categories citizenship, community, early years, health and wellbeing, international, outdoor learning, primary schools, renewables and climate change, sciences, scottish culture, secondary schools, social studies, sustainable development





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.

Climate Week is about how people can live and work more sustainably, and you can run any kind of event or activity you wish. Here are some ideas:

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.


November 27th, 2013

Study in the USA

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The Sutton Trust is inviting applications for its innovative ‘US Programme‘, which gives bright secondary students in state schools a taster experience of what undergraduate study at an American university offers. The Trust is now expanding the programme to include Harvard University, in addition to MIT and Yale.

The programme’s centrepiece is a one-week summer school in the USA, with introductory preparatory events, expert advice and support for the University application process. The programme involves participants in activities which help them understand the experience of campus life and study in US Higher Education. This supports the young people in their thinking and decision-making about options and choices in Higher Education.

The Sutton Trust also provides other benefits to participants, such as covering costs for the residential events, travel and accommodation.

To be eligible to apply, Scottish students must be in S5 of secondary education or in college, and meet some other criteria. Preference will be given to students from low to middle income backgrounds, perhaps the first generation in their family to go to university, and individuals who will make the most of the opportunity.

Full details are available on the Trust website and the application deadline is 22nd January 2014. The programme is offered in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.


November 26th, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan and disaster relief

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 : Categories international, sciences, social studies, sustainable development

Natural disasters, such as Typhoon Haiyan which devastated large areas of the Phillipines, frequently stimulate a positive response in schools with fundraising to support the disaster relief efforts of charities and governments. Good Global Citizenship education also gets students to discuss and explore the issues underlying such natural events, such as the impact of climate change; the role of international agencies; the poverty which makes some people more vulnerable to natural phenomenon such as floods and storms; and appropriate approaches to campaigning for change.

Several charities have already produced educational resources which will help schools to run assemblies and classroom activity which consider such issues and also support a fundraising response to the need for disaster relief support. Christian Aid has new materials on Disasters for both Primary and Secondary schools, and Oxfam offers a Typhoon Haiyan assembly resource and a set of teachers notes.

The Department for International Development is leading the UK humanitarian aid response to the situation in the Phillipines. Scottish Government has made a substantial contribution to the charitable appeal launched by the Disasters Emergency Committee.


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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.