Inspiring learning for a fairer future


Keep up to date with local, national and global Learning for Sustainability and global citizenship news.

Supporting educators during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on: Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:21

As we all adjust to the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to our daily lives, we're still here to support educators across The Highlands & Islands. While our office is obviously closed, we're still able to help you with resource ideas, suggestions and inspiration.

Starting the change & transforming our world

Posted on: Thursday, 19 March 2020 10:14

On the 29th of February 2020, we brought together educators and practitioners for a Global Citizenship conference, as part of our #StartTheChangeProject.

#ChangeMakers plan their festival

Posted on: Thursday, 12 March 2020 10:15

Our young #ChangeMakers groups from Fèis Rois, Nairn Academy, Inverness High & Inspire Highland came together in February to help plan the project's festival in at Eden Court in May

Start The Change on Brexit Day

Posted on: Thursday, 30 January 2020 16:56

As the UK leaves the European Union, we reflect on our Start The Change Project which has brought us together with partners from across Europe, exploring migration, the Sustainable Development Goals and the role educators and young people can play as Global Citizens in their communities. With 9 months of the project remaining we still have much to look forward to, including our upcoming Transform Our World Secondary School Conference. As we look back at the project so far, within the context of Brexit, two of our staff gave us their thoughts on what they've gained from working with European partners.

Nelson Mandela said that education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change our world. This one-day conference in Inverness on 29 February aims to support primary AND secondary teachers and others working with young people from across Scotland to help learners develop the knowledge, skills and values needed to create the kind of world they want to live in. Inspiring speakers, practical workshops, new resources, networking opportunities, lunch and support with travel costs.

Spotlight on International Partnerships

Posted on: Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:13

A teacher talks to a group of primary pupils about rural life, in front of a Rowan tree in Sutherland. She's from Kenya. Two pupils share experiences of how their lives are being affected by the changing climate and how they plan to take action. They are from Inverness and Kathmandu. Pupils write a song about the Global Goals and sing together, separated by 5000 miles. They are Scottish and Ghanaian.

Exciting times are ahead in the world of International School Patnerships. Through the British Council's Connecting Classrooms programme, more and more schools from across the Highlands are taking the opportunity to partner with other schools across the globe. It's leading to some interesting learning.

Two Years of Start The Change

Posted on: Thursday, 09 January 2020 11:01

Our EU-wide Start The Change project, is now into its third and final year and there's still so much to come! Here's a look back to what's been achieved so far across 12 European Countries and involving 26,400 young people...

Global Teachers Assemble! Our next Global Teachers Network event is happening on Thursday 5th December in Room 325 at Millburn Academy. We'll kick off at 4pm. Our keynote speakers will be Cath Milne from Avoch Primary School who will be talking about the exciting work her classes have been doing on oceans, plastic and outdoor learning.

Start The Change goes to Parliament

Posted on: Friday, 22 November 2019 12:10

Since our Start The Change Project began, we've been across The Highands, to Lampedusa, Salzburg and, most recently, to the Scottish Parliament. One of our young female ChangeMakers groups handed a letter to Gail Ross MSP, asking that their stories be heard in order to help reunite them with their families.

A whole-school approach at Charleston Academy

Posted on: Friday, 22 November 2019 09:46

We've taken our Start The Change Project to Charleston Academy in Inverness, where we're working with the whole staff body across all departments to help further embed learning on migration and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, whilst building on the school's existing expertise and practice.

ChangeMakers visit Lampedusa

Posted on: Wednesday, 23 October 2019 12:33

At the end of September this year, young people from our Start The Change Project 'ChangeMakers' groups, travelled to Lampedusa to meet with other young people from across Europe to share ideas, experiences and perspectives on migration and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or 'Global Goals'. The trip coincided with the anniversary of the tragic death of 368 people in 2013. In search of a better future for themselves and their families, they died just off the coast of the small Italian island when the ship carrying them sank.

Climate Action from the Classroom

Posted on: Tuesday, 27 August 2019 19:56

This autumn's Global Teachers' Network has a climate change theme. Keynote speakers from Primary and Secondary will share their experiences, ideas and resources on engaging pupils with global citizenship and climate action in the classroom. It is a great opportunity for sharing good practice with fellow teachers and picking up really useful resources to enhance your teaching.

Hear The Change Makers at Eden Court!

Posted on: Wednesday, 21 August 2019 14:50

We've been lucky enough to collaborate with the wonderful Fèis Rois on our Start The Change Project. They brought together a group of young musicians from across Ross-shire to compose their own piece and perform from John Somerville's 'The Voyage of the Hector'.

You can hear the full audio recording of the performance right here...

Write The Change Winners at Giffoni Film Festival

Posted on: Wednesday, 31 July 2019 10:01

Our EU Start The Change Project gave young people the chance to enter their stories around migration in to the Write The Change competition. The finalists recently went to the Giffoni Film Festival where the winner was announced. We asked the UK's finalist, Amy Campbell, to write us a blog about her trip to sunny Italy...

Funding for Arts & the SDGs

Posted on: Friday, 05 July 2019 20:05

Our EU project, Start the Change!, has launched a call for proposals - 'GlobART 2030: fight inequalities for sustainable development'.
The aim is to award financial support (from 6,000 to 8,000 Euros) to third parties.

How do we empower our learners to build a fairer, more sustainable future?

Our FREE GTCS accredited Professional Learning programme will connect you with like-minded practitioners from across Scotland, taking you on an inspiring learning journey through Global Citizenship education.

Start The Change for Teachers

Posted on: Wednesday, 05 June 2019 15:35

Hot on the heels of our ‘Create The Change’ session with youth workers, artists & activists, came our #StartTheChangeProject for Teachers CPD. With a mix of teachers across many subject areas, including Biology, History, Modern Studies, English, Physics and Geography, we began the day by hearing a little about each other and sharing our own migration stories.

Building, Singing and Creating the Change

Posted on: Thursday, 30 May 2019 15:30

Our latest Start The Change event, 'Create The Change', focused on creative activism and the young Change Maker groups we're supporting. Taking a creative approach to activism, the day incorporated Lego Play, Virtual Reality, music and storytelling. With a group of youth workers, tutors, artists, creative activists and young people, here’s how it all came together...

The Change So Far

Posted on: Monday, 20 May 2019 19:19

Our 3 year Start The Change project is already having an impact across its 12 European countries. Together with our 15 partners, we're aiming to work with 1300 teachers, inspire and engage 26,400 students and establish 70 networks.

With some of the most exciting work still to come, you can see here how we're getting on so far...

Ben (one of our Global Learning Officers), has recently been involved with teachers from North West Sutherland. He delivered the first part of our Getting Started With Rights CPD to teachers from across the local schools group and will return in August for part 2.

Deputy Head Katy Lee very kindly provided us with this spotlight on their School Partnership activities and how these have contributed to their ongoing integration of Global Citizenship in the schools' teaching. They have used their connections to help them to incorporate the Global Goals (SDGs), Rights, climate and more. Cultural exchanges and knowledge sharing has helped all the partner schools to build strong supportive relationships with one another.

Meet the Team: Global Youth Officer, Lindsay Dunbar

Posted on: Friday, 26 April 2019 13:48

At Highland One World, our Start the Change! team is made up of some incredibly passionate, committed and talented individuals. We wanted to find out a bit more about them, why they're involved and what's inspired them.

Create the Change Workshop

Posted on: Wednesday, 24 April 2019 11:48

How do you inspire and support creative youth activism? Find out how to start a Change-makers group and create that change!

Start the Change on film!

Posted on: Saturday, 30 March 2019 20:48

Here's a selection of videos from our Start the Change! project so far, including our sessions with teachers and educators, plus last year's seminar with our European partners.

Get Inspired!

Posted on: Sunday, 10 March 2019 20:28

We're always looking for new (and old!) resources that help practitioners, educators and individuals to unpack, explore and better understand issues in the world around them. That's why we're putting together this collection...

Start the Change Community Map

Posted on: Friday, 08 March 2019 15:17

Highland One World (HOW) is mapping organisations working in our communities around issues of migration and the sustainable development goals.

A member of:

Funded by: Partners logo 2019 20

This website has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of Highland One World (HOW) and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.