Inspiring learning for a fairer future

Global Citizenship Matters in the Highlands Conference

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.

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

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.

To read more, see Colm Regan's talk and some pictures of the day and get links to Colm's powerpoint slides click here to go to our news page.

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