Help get 100,000 young voices heard on climate change issues
Will climate change affect children's rights?
ACT are supporting VotesforSchools as they aim to get 100,000 children's voices heard for COP26.
In the run up to the United Nations conference on climate change in Glasgow this November, COP26, VotesforSchools are working with a range of partner organisations including UNICEF UK to explore with children climate change and its effect on their rights.
Teachers can download a free package of resources to facilitate a debate at Primary, Secondary and 16+, and the chance for children and young people to vote and comment on the question:
'Will climate change affect children's rights?'
Download the resources here
Discussed the issues? Vote here
Please note that although the lessons will be available until mid-November, the vote will close on Friday 1st October at 4pm.
Each week VotesforSchools creates resources for teachers or youth leaders to hold a debate or discussion on a topical issue. Pupils then have a chance to vote and comment on the topic. They then share that information with those in authority- hugely raising the profile and impact of pupil voice. VotesforSchools typically receives around 30,000 votes each week. Examples of resources can be found here, and of data reports here.
The Association for Citizenship Teaching has collaborated with VotesforSchools in the past to provide a range of lessons and teaching resources to support teaching in citizenship and encourage pupils to consider what actions are needed to address the issues affecting refugees and migrants, look out for more collaborations coming soon.
Want to find out more on teaching about climate change and sustainable issues?
Join our 'Sustainable Citizenship' Conference, 3-5 November
Marking UK Parliament Week and the start of our 20th anniversary year, ACT and UK Parliament Education and Engagement are running a conference on sustainable citizenship.
Over a period of three days we will explore the role of teachers and schools in addressing the climate crisis through Citizenship education. Participants will hear from Lord Knight and the education bill on sustainable citizenship (which aims to introduce compulsory climate change education within Citizenship), develop ideas on how to bring the law-making processes alive using this case study, and come away with teaching strategies to approach these issues actively in the classroom.