Refugee Week

Refugee Week takes place 18–24 June; use British Red Cross’s new resource for 7–14-year-olds to help develop your class’s understanding of what might cause someone to leave their home. Through real-life case studies, films and creative writing, learners will increase their empathy towards refugees as they think about shared interests and ways of building resilience.



Congratulations to Lochardil Primary who won the Learning for Sustainability award at the Scottish Education Awards yesterday.  A fantastic reward for all the parents, pupils, staff and wider community of Lochardil.


Toilet Twinning at Crown Primary

The Rights Respecting Ambassadors at Crown Primary School raised a grand total of £279.09 with their Toilet Twinning Day fundraiser. The rights group had aimed to raise £240 for a block of toilets to go to Tanzania through the Toilet Twinning charity. They planned a design a toilet competition, a jelly sale and a water themed dress down day – all of which were a great success! The rights group decided to raise money for ‘Toilet Twinning’ as the charity directly links to a number of articles from the UNCRC and the Global goals (Article 24: Health & Health Services, Article 27: Adequate Standard of Living, Global Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing and Global Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation). I am sure you will agree that they did a fantastic job!

Culloden Academy Plastic Challenge

Pupils at Culloden Academy from the S2 Wider Achievement class have been learning about the global impact of plastic and how they can reduce their own use of it during their plastic challenge.  This work developed from the study of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will qualify for the CREST discovery award.  The plastic challenge is one of a series of STEM challenges from Practical Action.  You can read more about their project, the impact on pupils and view some great links to resources and ideas HERE, in stride, the global citizenship magazine.

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Red Cross Resources for Refugee Week – 18-24th June

We’re delighted to share with you details of our exciting new Refugee Weekresource, which can be used during Refugee Week (18-24 June) or throughout the year.

The resource celebrates 20 years of Refugee Week helping learners to build empathy and understand the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees.

Activities are differentiated for 7-14-year-olds and include video case studies, discussion questions, a walking debate and creative activities. The resource is suitable for a wide range of subjects including Citizenship and SMSC.

The video of the Everyday People choir allows you to bring the stories of real-life refugees into your classroom. Meet Mequannt (from Ethiopia) and Espoir (from Congo) – who feature in the film and are part of a choir of young refugees – as they speak about how the choir and singing helps them cope with their situation.

What to expect?

We’ve created five activities designed to take approximately 30-45 minutes.

  • Kick start your lesson by creating a safe space and exploring initial views towards refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Develop learners’ understanding of key terms and build empathy through real-life case studies.
  • Consider how refugees can strengthen their resilience and cope with building a new life.
  • Explore how creativity can bring people together to express their feelings and share experiences. This activity uses a short film of a refugee choir for discussion.
  • Reflect and consider one simple act learners can do to contribute to Refugee Week 2018.

Key facts are included for educators, along with guidance of how to manage discussions sensitively.

Click HERE for the website.

News from Highland One World

Take One Action will be screening ‘Not Without Us’ on the 17th of June at Eden Court.

Documenting the struggle for climate action. The film immerses you in the moving, personal journeys of seven grassroots campaigners from around the world as they attempt to harness the only force that can prevent catastrophic climate change: the will of the people.

From decreasing biodiversity to indigenous land rights abuses, Not Without Us connects the dots between growing economic inequality, fossil fuel driven economies and government inaction in the face of the greatest crisis engulfing our planet.  Putting frontline communities’ perspectives at its centre, it powerfully conveys their call for deep, far-reaching system.

You can find the trailer here: