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#TellTheUN your experiences of life in Scotland

UN_5Organised in conjunction with SCCYP (Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People), The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child is sending a representative to Scotland to find out about young people’s lives in our country― and they’d like to hear your views.

If you’re under 18, you can use the hashtag #TellTheUN on Twitter to highlight your experiences – good or bad – of life in Scotland. You could also include what you think needs to happen to improve access to your rights. We’ll then send them to UN representative Amal Aldoseri ahead of her visit to Scotland on Thursday 3 September.

Topics which you might want to think about could include:

  • your school
  • your community
  • your experiences of health services
  • your family
  • your work.

thumbnail2If you don’t use Twitter you can forward questions to Amal by posting replies on the following Glow blog. Teachers and pupils will require a Glow login to do so.

http://bit.ly/AskTheUN

1415208720655Amal will talk to children in a special Glow TV event from 9:30am to 10am on Thursday 3 September about the views and opinions she recieves. While she’ll be able to take some comments directly, it’s best that children’s views are submitted to us by Tuesday 1 September, so we can forward them to Amal in advance.

Email SCCYP the views of children you teach.

Sign your class up to see Amal on Glow.

Fife as a Global Community

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Exhibiting the work of: Carleton Primary; Coaltown of Balgonie Primary; Markinch Primary; Milton of Balgonie Primary; Pitteuchar West Primary; Star Primary; Thornton Primary and Warout Primary

The Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes recently hosted a school event run by St Andrew’s University. Exhibitions of local primary school pupils’ work was on display and the pupils involved were there to discuss the projects that they had been working on, to the public.

Each school has been learning about a different local or global project throughout the current school year. Examples include Mary’s Meals, Children’s Rights, Conflict in Syria, Local Conflict, Socio-economic study of African countries and the tragic loss of Malyasian Airlines Flight served as a prompt for pupils to create their own Carribean Island. The pupils had all been working hard to either run their own Enterprise activities or create Artwork, Stories, Crafts, Music, Drama and Technology to raise money and awareness for their project and associated charities.

The schools all set up stalls and were approached by members of the local community to share what they had learned. All of the pupils were extremely confident in talking to the public and they all showed a great enthusiasm for their topic. They were clearly proud of the work that they had produced and were interested to see what each other had done. Overall, it was a fantastic event and is held annually. Well done to all of the pupils involved!

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Global Learning Programme Scotland

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Overheard conversation between two young learners in a Scottish primary school this week –  Learner 1: “I want to go to the rainforest and tell them to stop cutting it down.” Learner 2: “Don’t go yet. You’re too wee. Wait till we’re bigger and we’ll both go.” The potential of where this conversation and these aspirations will lead to is intriguing. Many learners are making connections between rich curricular contexts for learning and their own capacity to engage with the ever changing world around them.

To engage our learners in learning for sustainability requires teachers who can confidently weave a number of aspects, including global citizenship, sustainable development education, outdoor learning and children’s rights into their practice.

Global Learning Programme Scotland (GLP-S) supports the development of global citizenship through the curriculum and offers free professional learning for teachers. Click here to find out about the range of CLPL on offer from the six Scottish regional Development Education Centres.

You can also sign up for their online global citizenship magazine Stride at www.stridemagazine.org.uk

For more information contact Rachel Hamada at ideasforuminfo@gmail.com

FREE TRAINING DAY – Recognising and Realising Children’s Rights in a Global Context

SATURDAY 7th JUNE – 10.30-4.00
Godfrey Thomson Hall Thomson’s land Moray House School of Education, The University of Edinburgh, Old Moray House, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ

A GATHERING OF PEOPLE

A gathering of people with a commitment to develop rights-­based values, attitudes, skills and practices in working with children and young people. This will be of particular interest to teachers, community

leaders and workers and all those who are committed to the development, formation and support of young people in their own and in a global context.

IN AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT

Twende Pamoja seeks to promote the development of a global vision, in the context of relationship. It supports partnerships between communities, schools and places of learning in Tanzania and Scotland. In the past 3 years Twende Pamoja has conducted workshops enabling young people in both countries to articulate their vision for the future.

ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE AND WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE

Seven Tanzanian young people who have been working as young leaders are presently in Scotland and along with seven young Scottish counterparts will take part in the day.

IN A DAY THAT AIMS TO

• raise awareness and develop knowledge/understanding of the UNCRC

• reflect with young adults in an international context about these issues

• enable individuals and establishments to self evaluate their practice in the light of the UNCRC

• support improvement planning within communities and institutions

• encourage reflective dialogue in the midst of busyness

AND FOR WHICH THERE IS NO CHARGE

If you would like to register for the day e-­‐mail the following information to

margo.morris@edinburgh.gov.uk

Tea/coffee will be provided. Participants should bring their own lunch. Having taken part in this event you may be interested in coming to the Conversation on 21 June.