Inspiring learning for a fairer future

A whole-school approach at Charleston Academy

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.

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Through our many years of experience, we've seen that Global Citizenship Education thrives when you're able to take a whole-school, cross-curricular approach that involves and embraces the whole staff body. So we've been so excited to have the opportunity to team-up with Charleston Academy as part of our Start The Change Project. So far, after initial discussions and consultations, we've delivered a whole-school session and helped to support the development of the young ChangeMakers group, which is celebrating diversity in the school and local community.

In mid-September 2019, we spent the day with staff from all departments exploring the realities and different experiences of people who have left their homes in search of a better future, often fleeing violence and persecution. Guest speaker, 'Glasgow Girl', campaigner and Human Rights activist, Amul Azzudin, shared much of what she's learnt through her personal experience of migration, and in her roles campaigning and raising awareness.

The aims of the Start The Change Project are to increase the public's understanding of why people find themselves seeking refuge in other countries and to empower young people to engage with this process of learning, particularly through the ChangeMakers groups. These groups are encouraged to involve and engage with their communities and to use innovative ways to bring people together and increase understanding. There are 9 groups in total across The Highlands and we'll be sharing more of what they're doing right here on the Start The Change pages of the website.

 

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The Charleston group have been exploring diversity amongst the students themselves and the community too. They invited the public to join them at the end of October for an event that celebrated the differences (and similarities) between cultures and experiences.

Over the coming months we'll have much more to share across the whole project as the groups' come together to show the impact of what they've been doing. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date!

 

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