Inspiring learning for a fairer future

Conference: Global Citizenship Matters in the Highlands

Thursday, 25 February 2016 11:35

On Saturday 31st of January, eighty teachers from across Highland braved the elements to attend our Global Citizenship Matters conference at the University of the Highlands and Islands' new Campus in Inverness. The aim of the conference was to build teacher skills and confidence in Global Citizenship/Learning for Sustainability (LfS) and to build a thriving network of LfS practitioners across Highland.

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The conference kicked off with a warm welcome by Calum MacSween (HOW management) and Beth Brown (Highland Council).

One of the real highlights of the day was the engaging keynote speech by writer and development education activist Colm Regan. With both wit and wisdom, Colm challenged teachers to reflect on their role as teachers and ignited conversation about the part we can play to challenge inequality and work for a fairer future for all.

The information mentioned in Colm's presentation is available here (the Earth Statement) and here (inequality). The new Oxfam report "An economy for the 1%" is available here.

The video shown by Colm during his talk is here.

After Colm's Speech, teachers attended a range of practical workshops on: Inequality (Oxfam), Participation and Pupil Voice (Scotdec), Refugees (Wosdec & The Scottish Refugee Council), A Whole School Approach to LfS (Audrey Kellacher, Lochardil Primary) and Outdoor Place-baced Learning (The Shieling Project). In between the workshops, the marketplace offered a space for teachers to network, meet some of our partners and pick up resources to support their teaching.

The day was rounded off with some final, inspirational thoughts from Colm Regan and brought to a close by Calum MacSween.

It was great to see so many committed and enthusiastic teachers inspired and motivated to take their next steps in Global Citizenship/LfS. A big thank you to all our speakers, workshop leaders, UHI and most inportantly all the teachers who attended for making global citizenship matter in the Highlands.

Examples of learning from the conference include:

  • "That Global Citizenship is REALLY important - more important than I realised"
  • "To question sources of data, information and what motivations are driving it"
  • "To be brave about discussing global issues and think deeply about my own position and assumptions"
  • "A revived teaching philosophy!"


A selection of photos by John Baikie of

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