Good News Thursday 6

Good News Thursday 6

Thu 27th August 2015 - News

Good Morning! Let’s start the day with some good news…

You are reading Learning for Sustainability Scotland’s weekly news platform that shares all the good LfS news from our members. If you’d like to feature in our #GNT platform, see details below.

SCOTTISH NATURAL HERITAGE & THE OUTWARD BOUND TRUST HELP YOUNGSTERS DISCOVER SCOTLAND’S WILDERNESS AND ARE LOOKING FOR SCHOOLS TO GET INVOLVED IN PHASE 2…

106 young people from Fife and Lochaber benefited from Outward Bound courses this month with a real focus on natural heritage learning.

Participants from Glenrothes, Lochgelly and Kinlochleven High Schools participated in residential courses and Among other things, they discussed the impact which man has on our landscapes and how to act responsibly in these environments at the same time as they explored on foot in the mountains, canoed and rock climbed as part of their Outward Bound course. Pupils also completed their John Muir ‘Discovery’ Award and learnt about the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

The Outward Bound Trust & Scottish Natural Heritage are now seeking schools who would like to participate in this fantastic programme in 2016 and are particularly keen to involve those within the Central Scotland Green Network areas. Interested schools should contact enquiries@outwardbound.org.uk for further information.

For further information on this story, visit here.

ESD PROGRAMME – RESPONSIBLE FUTURES – PILOTED BY NUS

The NUS have been piloting a new ESD programme called Responsible Futures:

Shaping education is the first step to shaping society, and that’s why NUS are putting sustainability into every curriculum with the new accreditation scheme Responsible Futures.

Responsible Futures helps universities, colleges and students’ unions to drive institutional reform – putting education for sustainable development at the heart of the learning experience for every student, whatever they study.

Working through a bank of criteria which invite you to examine the style, content and outputs of your teaching, Responsible Futures shapes graduate attributes around global citizenship, critical thinking and holistic problem solving – the skills and experience we need for the challenges of the decades ahead. Led in partnership by the institution and the students’ union, Responsible Futures embodies a whole-institution approach to facilitating change.

13 institutions and students’ unions took part as a pilot last year, and made significant achievements as a result of the scheme. The National UNESCO Commission in the UK nominated the 13 students’ unions and institutions for the first ever UNESCO-Japan prize for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Being nominated for a UNESCO ESD award shows how much that has been achieved to date through the Responsible Futures programme.

You can take part this year by visiting the Responsible Futures website or getting in touch with Alex Henderson.

AND FINALLY….

ROWANBANK ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS & EDUCATION SHORT FILM

Whilst you might be sitting at your desk reading this, why not make yourself a brew and take a short break to take part in a three minute magical woodland walk with our members Rowanbank Environmental Arts & Education.

This wonderful short film is available to view by clicking this link:

We hope you enjoy watching it and look out for more information on the next magical woodland walk in Craigmillar Castle woods in our monthly bulletin.

You can visit the Rowanbank website here:

Good News Thursday…

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