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Social media campaign aimed to increase time spent learning in and about nature
Recently our Youth Advocates in Northern Ireland ran a social media campaign called Learn More Outdoors, linking to Our Bright Future’s Ask 1.
The aim of the campaign was to encourage teachers to take their lessons outside of the traditional classroom and to spend more time learning in and about nature, especially as students return to school post-pandemic.
As part of the campaign, six videos were produced covering the benefits of outdoor learning, overcoming barriers, and tips for outdoor learning activities across a range of subjects. These were shared through social media together with a series of opinion and informative posts from the young people involved. The videos can be found on our Ask 1 page.
Following the campaign, the young people were given the opportunity to meet with the Northern Ireland Minister for Education, Peter Weir. The meeting was extremely positive, discussing in depth the importance and positive impact of outdoor learning for school-age students and looking at the flexibility of the Northern Ireland curriculum and the opportunities this makes possible.
The young people were also given the opportunity to share guidance on outdoor learning via the Education Authority website. As schools enter the Summer term it is the perfect time to continue to promote outdoor opportunities to teachers.
Young People’s Q&A – recording and resources
2020 was a year of challenges, of changes to how so many of us work and study, and, frequently, of cancelled events. As we all felt the effects of lockdown, it also became clearer than ever that young people’s journeys to employment are often difficult, particularly when looking for opportunities in the environmental sector. For all these reasons, it was a real pleasure for Our Bright Future to be able to round off the year with an exciting event all about careers in the environment, conservation, and sustainability sectors. Organised in collaboration with RSPB, Groundwork UK, and the National Youth Agency, ‘Environmental Careers: Young People’s Q&A’ featured a panel of young professionals, top tips from career experts, and a spotlight on the National Nature Service initiative.
A recording of the event is available to watch on our YouTube channel, and you can also find links to various resources and opportunities mentioned during the session in the post-event handout.
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Involving young people in governance
Did you know that 18-24 year olds make up less than 0.5% of all charity Trustees, and the average age of a Trustee in England and Wales is 59 years old? Despite efforts being made, the charity sector still has a long way to go! There is clearly appetite for the role, with a survey of under 35 year olds reporting that 85% would consider becoming a Trustee. Read the full article in CJS Focus here (three quarters of the way down).
New report shows how nature nurtures children
The Wildlife Trusts commissioned a study by the Institute of Education at UCL to evaluate the impact that experiencing nature has upon children. Overall, the research revealed that children’s wellbeing increased after they had spent time connecting with nature: the children showed an increase in their personal wellbeing and health over time, and they showed an increase in nature connection and demonstrated high levels of enjoyment. Read more here.
One of the UK’s largest youth-led environmental programmes is calling young people to take part in Outdoor Classroom Day this Thursday
Our Bright Future, a partnership of 31 projects across the UK, is calling young people to spend an hour of their school day outdoors, this Thursday, in order to improve wellbeing and engage with nature. Read the full article here.
The greatest environmental youth movement you’ve never heard of
Behind Greta Thunberg’s headline grabbing thunderstorm of the #YouthStrike4Climate and the Extinction Rebellion protests, there is a grassroots environmental youth movement tackling climate change and boosting young potential. Nearly 100,000 passionate, skilled and environmentally conscious young people are leading the way to a brighter future, through Our Bright Future, a programme funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. Read the full article here.
Our Bright Future featured in Time Out London: 3 September 2019 issue
Following the recent launch of The National Lottery Climate Action Fund, Time Out London has published an article about Our Bright Future Youth Forum member; Ummi Hoque. She did a speech at the launch event about her involvement in the Our Bright Future project; My World My Home and inspired us all! If you’re in London today (3 September) do pick up a copy from stations in Zone 1 and 2 and turn to page 14. Alternatively, you can have a read here.