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Starting the change & transforming our world

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.

Transform Our World offered subject-specific support and learning for teachers, helping them to bring Global Citizenship, the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or 'Global Goals') and contemporary issues into their practice.

The day included keynote speakers Penny Rabiger (Lyfta Education, BAMEEdNetwork) and Lisa Williams (Edinburgh Caribbean Association) and, along with our workshops, we covered a vast range of topics; from climate change and COP26, to decolonisation and cultural capital.

WATCH above for a small taste of what went on.

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Global Learning Officer, Rachel Avery, sets the scene

With so many participants taking time out of their non-working week, it was an incredibly positive experience; knowing that everyone who joined us felt as dedicated to the aims and goals of Global Citizenship Education as we are, was inspiring and rejuvinating for us all on many levels. With time for networking and getting to know each other, those who attended were able to form what we hope will become fruitful partnerships as they take what they learned into their practice.

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Ben Sparham leads his Climate Change Negotiation workshop

With help from our wonderful workshop leaders, their sessions were designed not only to engage and encourage but to highlight the opportunities for Global Citizenship across the entire curriculum, often by simply tweaking existing practice.

The sessions offered included: Developing numeracy using global contexts | BGE Science, SDGs and STEM Challenges | Connecting English around the school through Global Citizenship | Taking a Global Approach in the Languages Classroom - as well as Increasing participation using LEGO, run by our Youth Officer, Lindsay Dunbar.

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We shared a vast array of Global Citizenship resources

Another purpose of the event was to share ideas and resources with participants and, along with Emotion Works and the Science Skills Academy, we shared our own bank of Global Citizenship resources, all of which are available to borrow from our office at Millburn Academy. Get in touch to find out more.

PLUS, you can search the hashtag #HOWRR on social media, to find our weekly recommendations. The Start The Change Project also has its own learning platform, which is free to access and includes downloadable resources, as well as complete units and lesson plans, created, tried and tested by teachers who've taken part in the project.

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A huge thank you to everyone who contributed towards the day being such an enjoyable, positive experience.

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Speaker Bios

Penny Rabiger was a school teacher for over ten years and has spent the last decade working with a number of prominent education social enterprises and charities on their start-up to grown-up journey. She is currently Director of Engagement at the Finnish edtech organisation, Lyfta. In her spare time, she is Chair of a school governing board in London and a founding member of the Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Educators Network (BAMEed).

Lisa Williams is the founder and director of the Edinburgh Caribbean Association that promotes Caribbean culture in Scotland. She runs Black History Walks in Edinburgh, school visits to promote understanding of Scotland's Black heritage, and anti racist youth projects. She runs a range of cultural events and chairs at heritage and literature festivals. Lisa has had articles and reviews published in newspapers, journals, arts and heritage blogs and resources for use in secondary schools, and given talks at conferences and events across the UK and the Caribbean.

See the day's schedule here.

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