North-South Centre - European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity

Department for International Development

Development Awareness Fund

Mini Grant Application 2006 – 2008

Name of the Project: Know your own patch and theirs
Action and Enterprise for Highland Schools
through Global Biodiversity

Name of Applicant Organisation: Highland One World Group

      The Education Centre

Castle Street
Dingwall IV15 9HU
01381 621265 01349 865637(fax)
email janis.keast@hcs.uhi.ac.uk

Legal Status: Scottish Charity number 20773

Name of main contact: Janis Keast
Development Education Worker

Main aims of HOWG : HOWG, which was established in 1992, aims to raise awareness of global inequality and injustice and the causes and effects of world poverty. It encourages closer cooperation between local organisations concerned with development issues . It aims to enhance the work of its funders.
This work is carried out in the formal sector by collaborating with local initiatives at advisory level, contributing to local authority inservice programmes for teachers, working with teachers during CAT , visiting schools and working with classes, maintaining and servicing a library of development education materials, promoting resources and current themes through regular newsletters and working in partnership with others in the DE network on Scotland wide programmes through IDEAS or in UK wide projects through other agencies or DECs.

Personnel: Development Education Workers, 0.7 formal sector
Administrator / Community 0.2

      4 Volunteers

Type of organisation: Development Education Centre

Time-scale of project: August 2006 - March 2008

Total cost of the project : 28 640.00
Amount sought from DFID : 12 530.00

How did we find out about the Development Awareness Fund Mini Grant programme?
IDEAS sends out information annually and we have made a successful application before.

Aims of the Project:
This project will be the local focus of the National Strategy of the Enabling Effective Support initiative. It will increase knowledge and understanding of the Millennium Development Goals and encourage individuals to take action for change by supporting schools to include a global dimension in their approach to sustainable development education and enterprise.

Key Objectives of the Project:
1. To ensure, through methodology as much as content, that Local Authority initiatives for schools, such as Enterprise in Education, Assessment is For Learning and the Highland Year of Culture 2007, address the global dimension.
2. To work with local partners such as Scottish Natural Heritage and CSV Action for
Sustainability in schools to ensure global connections are made with Local
Biodiversity Action Plans.
3. To support 5 local schools, engaged in a pilot of WWF’s Pathways Project, to map
and embed Sustainable Development Education in their curriculum and create a
model for all Highland Schools.
4. To help a broader audience of teachers recognise that environmental education is not only concerned with the local and that Sustainable Development Education is not simply environmental.
5. To encourage peer education by involving teachers and pupils in all stages of the
4project: the preparation of materials, the delivery of inservice and the sharing of good practice, through long term support mechanisms, to ensure the life of the work beyond the project.

What are the key activities?
1. In the first year to work with partners to deliver workshops to target schools based on the Global Biodiversity Game, which is being prepared in conjunction with a teacher and her class. (This was developed with funding from SNH who recognise there is a shortage of material for schools to explore their Local Biodiversity Action Plans)*
2. Using the teacher evaluations, to work with seconded teachers to produce support / extension materials to ensure the Global Biodiversity Game delivers the Global Dimension, through an understanding of sustainable development, a critical approach to enterprise education and an appreciation of how the environment – built and natural – impacts on cultural diversity. Techniques for encouraging self-evaluation in the classroom and the staffroom will be included as an important contribution to AiFL. The Development Compass Rose and ideas from Get Global! will be the main focus.
3.
In the second year to deliver, with partners, a pan-Highland inservice programme for teachers delivered locally via the Local Authority Continuing Professional Development calendar. Using the materials produced, some of the many initiatives which overwhelm schools will be ‘joined-up’. The materials will show that by varying teaching methodology, sustainable development education, global education, education for citizenship, health education and enterprise education can be included in a lot of regular topic work such as A local study, Our Caring World, Transport, Materials etc.

4. The inservice workshops will be delivered across the Highlands to ensure access for
all. The teachers involved in the production of the materials will be part of the
delivery team to be a model for peer education.
5. Ways of supporting teachers in the long term will be developed, so that our relationship with each one grows, to ensure the global dimension is not just included in one isolated topic. This will be done through a variety of paper and virtual newsletters highlighting topics and resources and show casing examples of good practice.

What are the expected results, including specific learning outcomes?
1. Young people will be encouraged to see that taking small local steps can have a global impact. Empowering young people to take action for change is a key outcome. More children and through them their families and the wider community will have a greater understanding of the interdependent world in which we live and their part in it.
2. Teachers respect the ideas tried and tested by their peers. The package of outcomes here will involve teachers talking to teachers.
3. Many more teachers will feel supported with resources and ideas to help them deliver, in a joined up manner, aspects of the curriculum and initiatives that they may previously have seen as additional burdens rather than exciting ways to address regular subject / topic content. Enterprising methods make participation fun.
4. The project will impact on classroom practice in the target schools and be embedded in their school development plans.
5. Mechanisms will be established to ensure this good practice is shared via newsletters distributed to all schools on line and on paper. Local Authority channels will be used too and partner organisations will disseminate as well.

Who are the main target groups we will be working with?
Working with the advisory service, the main target group is teachers of the 5 –14 age group throughout the Highlands. The cascading effect of the work with teachers will have implications for children, their families and the wider community outwith the school.

What evidence is there that this project is needed within your area and who have you actively involved in the preparation of the project?
This project has been discussed with stakeholders - teachers, Advisers, Education Officers, Highland Council’s Sustainability Unit and other partner organisations such as Scottish Natural Heritage and CSV Action for Sustainability – who are looking for ways to support teachers to integrate initiatives and show how much is already being delivered through regular topic work and subject themes. The stakeholders firmly endorse this project for the following reasons:
1. In many small rural schools where the Headteacher has very little management time there is a feeling of being overwhelmed by the number of initiatives reaching schools. This project would support them with several.
2. Many rural schools find attendance at centralised Local Authority inservice days very difficult owing to the cost and the lack of availability of staff for cover. So inservice which is taken to them in small clusters is very well received.
3. Although the curriculum is very crowded, the Global Dimension is clearly there but many still see it as another initiative to be bolted on. This project will show that it is an integral part of so much that goes on in a School.
4. There is a ‘political will’ within the Education Service of Highland Council to take Sustainable Development Education forward.
5. SNH want to encourage young people to participate in their local environment – built and natural. This is a key tenet of global citizenship.
6. CSV Action for Sustainability want to foster an understanding of sustainable development and the steps we can all take to live – at school and in the community – in a more sustainable way. This furthers many of the Millennium Development Goals.
7. Highland One World Group wants to encourage critical and creative thinkers who can see how their lives here connect with those far away, who are sensitive to injustice and poverty locally and globally and are equipped to and want to take action about it.

Who will be your partners in the delivery of the project?
The workshops will be delivered in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage and CSV Action for Sustainability in conjunction with the Local Authority Continuing Professional Development Service. The Education Business Partnership, through its teacher placement scheme, will enable teachers to be released from class to work collaboratively with Highland One World Group on the support / extension materials.

How will you project be monitored and evaluated?
Every stage of the project will be monitored.
We will be able to see that the workshops for pupils and staff have been taken place.
We will know that the support / extension materials have been produced.
We will be able to measure how many have been distributed, to how many schools and to what number of teachers attending the inservice.

Through questionnaires and focus groups of teachers we will be able to collect qualitative data.
Initial surveys will establish a baseline of understanding of the issues and the level of implementation of ‘initiatives’.
By careful tracking of target schools and interested teachers we will be able to identify shifts in values and attitudes as well as knowledge and understanding.
Through promotion of examples of good practice the positive outcomes of this project will reach an even wider audience. Creating the capacity to maintain on-going support for these teachers will ensure the global dimension is recognised as being part of many aspects of the curriculum.

The project will be critically evaluated to see whether we have achieved our aims to move along the path to Enabling Effective Support, to assess what could have been done better and what we would change in a future project.

Look carefully at the aims of the fund and explain clearly how our project supports these aims.
This project is all about giving more teachers, pupils, their families and community knowledge about the wider world and our part in it, but also paths for action to bring about changes they want to see locally and globally to make the world a fairer place. They will see that poverty and powerlessness is a local as well as a global concern as they problem solve and negotiate conflicts of interest. So as knowledge about issues increases skills for acting on them do too. The attitudes which will develop through this work will be reflected in the overall ethos of the school, the unmeasurable, but very tangible feeling, of what makes a school ‘good’.

How will your project contribute to challenging stereotypes and discrimination?
The project will stimulate a more positive view of our interdependent relationship with the rest of the world as well as challenge stereotypical views about the causes of poverty. There are many similarities between the threats to biodiversity locally and globally, including poverty. It will help dispel the image of ‘them and us’. We are all part of one world.

How will the principles of equal opportunities be embedded into delivery of the project?
The secondments and placements and the workshops will be open to all teachers. Attention will be paid to venues to ensure disability is not a barrier to participation. By taking the workshops to the rural areas we are addressing perceived rural inequality where people can feel excluded by distance, cost and inability to be released from school owing to shortage of cover.

How will the benefits of the project continue to have an impact after our grant has ended?
1. The peer education aspects will ensure that teachers continue to talk to teachers.
2. The sharing of good practice will continue through channels established by all the partners.
3. The support materials will be readily available over a wide geographic area.
4. Existing mechanisms within HOWG will ensure that value is added to all those teachers and pupils who become involved in this project. A one off raising of awareness is not satisfactory. HOWG takes a long term, sustained approach through its ever growing database to ensure that regular information and ideas reach all its supporters.
5. Highland Council will have established structures to ensure the positive aspects of the project are rolled out to all schools.

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Budget A break down of the total costs for each year of the project

Year 1 2006 - 2007

                 
                   
         

A4S

 

SNH

 

DFID

Costs Travel / subsistence / materials

   

1 000.00

 

1 000.00

 

1 000.00

Workshop delivery 3 people x 12 schools each

1 440.00

 

1 440.00

 

1 440.00

Administration

       

500.00

     

500.00

Evaluating - to inform preparation of learning materials

         

2 000.00

                   
                   
                   
     

Total

 

2 940.00

 

2 440.00

 

4 940.00

                   
                   
                   

KEY:

                 

A4S - CSV Action for Sustainability

   

(agreed)

       

SNH - Scottish Natural Heritage (Project Worker)

 

(agreed)

       

DFID - Department for International Development

           

Year 2
2007 - 2008

               
                 
         

A4S

DFID

SNH

EEBL

Outreach workshops /teachers / community

 

1 440.00

1 440.00

1 440.00

 

Travel and subsistence

     

1 000.00

1 000.00

1 000.00

 

Cost of workshops

     

500.00

500.00

   

Evaluation

       

250.00

250.00

   

Reproduction of game

         

3 000.00

 

Teaching materials preparation 4 x 5 days

   

600.00

1 200.00

 

900.00

Teacher expenses

           

600.00

Project worker 20 days x 120.00 (materials preparation)

   

2 400.00

   

Cost of production of teaching materials (templates)

   

800.00

   
                 
       

Total

3 790.00

7 590.00

5 440.00

1 500.00

                 
                 

KEY:

               

A4S - CSV Action for Sustainability

       

(agreed)

 

SNH - Scottish Natural Heritage (Project Worker)

     

(agreed)

 

EEBL - Excellence in Education through Business Links
(teacher time)

   

(agreed)

 

DFID - Department for International
Development

         

What is the total cost of the project in each financial year?
Year 1 10 320.00
Year 2 18 320.00
What amount are you applying for from DFID in each financial year?
Year 1 4 940.00
Year 2 7 590.00