Inspiring learning for a fairer future

Start the Change Inverness Launch

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:01

On Monday 1st October more than 50 people from across the Highlands and Moray came together to launch an EU-funded project to support young people’s active citizenship.  Highland One World, a charity based in Inverness, is training teachers and youth workers to help young people explore issues around inequality, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and human migration.

The project, Start the Change, will also support groups of young people to work together to take positive action on these issues, from making their school more welcoming for new arrivals to engaging in some of the global issues that lead to migration, such as climate change or unfair trade.

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Biology teacher from Culloden Academy Katie Hanson, Razannah Hussain from Alness Academy and youth worker Diana Begg help launch the initiative. Picture: Gary Anthony (SPP).


Two teachers who have been involved in first tranche of training spoke at the launch.  Katie Hanson, a Biology teacher at Culloden Academy, said “the training was brilliant and gave me the knowledge and confidence to plan and deliver a series of lessons on migration, climate change and sustainable development.  This project gives a platform to develop global citizenship within the classroom, provide a real world context for lessons, encourage youth participation and ultimately look at planning action.”  


Those at the event also heard of the work of Anne Morrison, History teacher at Dornoch Academy, who has been helping S3 pupils learn about the contribution of immigrants to Scottish society, economy and culture. This included the life and legacy of Alberto Capaldi, original owner of Capaldi’s ice cream shop in Brora, who came to the Highlands in the 1920s.   Razannah Hussein from Alness Academy spoke about some of the work young people in Alness have been doing to support the integration of refugees, migrants and local people in the community.  

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Global Education Officer at Highland One World, Rachel Avery. Picture: Gary Anthony (SPP).


Teachers, youth workers and council officials from across Highland and Moray attended the launch, alongside representatives of local organisations who support migrant communities such as Highland Multicultural Friends, Highland Migrant & Refugee Advocacy and the Polish Support Group.  Part of the Start the Change project aims to bring such organisations together, and make links between young people wanting to get involved and organisations working on the ground locally to make positive change.


Rachel Avery, Global Education Adviser at Highland One World said “It was a really positive event, seeing the enthusiasm of the teachers who have been involved in the project from the beginning and hearing inspiring stories of what’s happening in Alness. We hope to support more youth-led action like that through the Start the Change project. There was lots of useful networking where people interested in similar issues got to meet, chat and make connections. We’re really looking forward to training more teachers and youth workers, and supporting young people to get involved and make a difference in their communities.”


You can find more information on the project HERE.


15 organisations from 12 different European countries are involved in the Start the Change project, which aims to support young people’s learning and action across Europe on inequality and sustainable development.

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