Scotdec Newsletter October 2021


New collaborative partner project to promote youth voices and climate action across the UK 
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As the UK and Italy jointly host the United Nations (UN) Climate Conference COP26,  young people across the UK are being given the opportunity to feed into a climate resolution that will be taken to COP26 through the new Connecting the UK Schools Project 2021.

Scotdec is working with schools in Edinburgh (James Gillespie’s High School, Portobello High School, Holy Rood High School) and Midlothian (Penicuik High School, Newbattle High School) to engage young people to think critically about climate change.

The project is led by Size of Wales, a charity working with people in Wales and beyond to help protect four million hectares of tropical forests. Scotdec ar collaborating on the project along with the Centre for Global Education (Northern Ireland), InterClimate Network (England), and the Welsh Centre for International Affairs (Wales).

Take a Rights-based approach to climate justice with young people
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This new resource doesn’t tell young people what to think and do about the Climate Emergency, but provides stimuli for critical thinking, debate and discussion to guide informed action and combat eco-anxiety.

Through the resource, young people can explore the current human rights impact of the Climate Emergency on people’s lives in Scotland and Somaliland; make connections with the universal quests for equitable access to food, water, healthcare, education, gender justice and racial justice. take action to have your voice heard before, during and after the 2021 COP; and measure attitudinal change towards these issues.

NEW COP26 curated climate change resources
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This new sheet brings together the very best global citizenship resources on climate change, supporting learners to explore issues around climate change and take action, in the run up to COP26 in Glasgow. The sheet contains our top recommendations for essential background reading for Scottish teachers, along with links to comprehensive climate curricula, STEM resources, social subjects and literacy resources and resources to support taking action.


COUNTDOWN TO COP 13th September – 1st November

We’re featured in Countdown to COP on Education Scotland’s National Improvement Hub 
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Check out this outline of the support, resources and programmes being organised by Education Scotland to support engagement with the United Nations COP26 Climate Summit which will be taking place in Glasgow from 01 to 12 November 2021 – you can find our resources on the curated COP26 Wakelet!


New Scotdec project launched
The future we want: active global citizenship and maths

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It’s Maths Week Scotland – so what better time to share our exciting new project linking global learning and maths, currently rolling out across three local authorities in Scotland! Building on work developed through our EU project Global issues, Global subjects, this new project seeks to determine the role maths can play in understanding and addressing global issues young people care about – with the aim of enabling better engagement with BGE and increased participation in maths in the post compulsory phase.
Issue to action maths : secondary level resources
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Secondary teachers looking to tie global learning and current issues to their maths lessons can now download our new Issue to action secondary resources free from the Scotdec website. All activities are mapped to CfE benchmarks and reference relevant Sustainable Development Goals.

Scotdec partner project strengthens link between Global Citizenship and Healthcare in Scotland
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IDEAS and Scotdec, in partnership with the Global Health Coordination Unit at the National Health Service Scotland has developed a suite of Active Global Citizenship resources and training for NHS staff which will be launched to coincide with COP26.


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