The Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 19 January at the University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education. This year’s theme was Transforming our World – education and learning that responds to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Over sixty members came to join in the discussion and to explore the future work of Learning for Sustainability Scotland in line with the UN SDGs.
In 2016 two members of the steering group – Judy Paul and Sarah Lee stepped down due to wok commitments and relocation opportunities. Nominations were accepted for new steering group members and participants at the AGM were invited to vote for their preferred choices at the session. You can read all about the nominees here.
We have great pleasure in announcing the two candidates who were voted onto the Steering Group were Lorna Matthews – a primary teacher from the isle of Cumbrae and Kerr McConnell from Keep Scotland Beautiful. We would like to thank all of the nominees for their interest and we welcome Lorna and Kerr onto the steering group.
Official thanks also go to Judy Paul and Sarah Lee for their hard work and commitment to the work of Learning for Sustainability Scotland during their time on the steering group.
At our AGM we like to ensure attendees have the chance to hear and get involved in interesting – and practical – discussions. This year was no exception with talks from Aaron Benavot, Director, UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (G.E.M) who gave valuable insight into the G.E.M reports. We also heard from members who are responding to the SDGs in Scotland through learning. In Schools – Josephine McLaughlin, IDEAS. With Young People and Communities: Emily Beever, Youthlink Scotland; In Tertiary Education , Matthew Lawson, University of Edinburgh; With Government: Ruchir Shah, SCVO Open Government Pioneers initiative
Participants were also able to provide feedback and suggestions on how LfS Scotland – in partnership with members – can drive the links with SDGs forward. Suggestions ranged from setting up a new task group which links community education groups to the SDGs; setting up regular member forum sessions for networking purposes; developing the SDG task group further and finding better ways to exemplify the ways members are linking their work with the UN Sustainable Development Goals in our communications. All of the suggestions will be discussed in the steering group and notifications will be sent out to update on development.
We always look forward to our Annual General Meeting as they are always thought provoking, inspiring and full of energy for the work that we are all striving to do. This year was another successful event and we thank each and every one of our presenters and members for helping to make it so.
If you weren’t able to come along on the day – or if you’d like a refresher, please click on the links below for more details. And, if you’d like to find out more about the work of LfS Scotland, by participating in one of the collaborative working groups (task groups) or by suggesting something you’d like to get involved in then please do get in touch.