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The SFYouth Resources Trial is Underway!

The Schools for Future Project Team have been busy running sessions in Cyprus, Italy, Poland and the UK, inducting 34 new schools to the teachers and youth toolkits available on www.sfyouth.eu. From February 2016, all schools will start using the toolkits during their lessons and will set up a Youth Ambassadors Group, which will work on specific Global Issues, understanding their role as global citizens, organizing activities and raising awareness locally about those issues they feel passionately about.

The Schools for Future Project Team have been busy running sessions in Cyprus, Italy, Poland and the UK, inducting 34 new schools to the teachers and youth toolkits available on www.sfyouth.eu. From February 2016, all schools will start using the toolkits during their lessons and will set up a Youth Ambassadors Group, which will work on specific Global Issues, understanding their role as global citizens, organizing activities and raising awareness locally about those issues they feel passionately about.

To keep up momentum following a successful week-long learning exchange for Partners, teachers and young people to Poland in November 2015, December saw the first of the Polish school inductions. Since then, 7 schools across 4 cities in Poland have been introduced to the Project and feedback so far is positive with young people excited about networking with others on the SFYouth Wall. During the inductions, workshops were held for teachers helping them to understand global issues and how to apply elements of the Teachers Toolkit to their practice. We are looking forward to seeing the progress of the Youth Ambassador Groups and are happy to hear that over 25 pupils per school have signed up to take part. Our Polish Schools are now busy planning actions around World Water Day which is held on the 22 March each year. We’ll be watching the SFYouth Wall to see what they have been getting up to!


On the 12th and 15th January, we ran two full day workshops in the UK for 21 teachers and 22 students helping them to navigate the toolkits and action plan for the coming 5 months. With the support of the Hub School, teachers and students participated in the workshops as equal partners and came up with lots of inspiring ideas of how to integrate global citizenship and actions on global issues within each of their own schools. We have already heard of plans for Assembly’s in a number of the schools to raise awareness of the Project and specific causes, and we can’t wait to hear more!

In Italy, we ran an induction meeting in Milan with a group of teachers and students, and started the 7-step start up process for two Youth Ambassador Groups in Arezzo and one in Florence. The teachers are already positive about starting their activities and told us that “the kits offer a wide range of opportunities to update and create connections between subjects and real life”! We can’t wait to hear about their progress over the coming months.

We’ve also been hard at work in Cyprus and on the 22nd January, 18 teachers from 8 trial schools as well as the Hub School participated in a training seminar on how to use the online Teacher Toolkit, the online Student Toolkit, as well as the Youth Online Application. Over 25 students from each school will be involved in SFYouth, either through their teachers trailing some material from the Teachers Toolkit during their usual classes, or through their involvement in their schools Youth Ambassador Group. All students are excited to use the SFYouth Youth App in order to discuss what they are doing and will be sharing the kinds of activities they are organizing on the Youth Wall. We will be checking in on the Youth Wall to read all about what they’ve been up to!

During all of the induction workshops and meetings, the SFYouth Project Team set all the Trial Schools a challenge; that on the 8th of March 2016, International Women’s Day, all the students involved in SFYouth should use the Youth App to upload something related to that Day. We look forward to seeing how they share their thoughts and plans with all of the other students across Europe.

These 34 schools, along with our ‘original’ 4 Hub Schools have already shown enthusiasm and a commitment to bringing Global Citizenship Education to their classrooms and Youth Ambassador Groups. Watch this space for updates on how the trial progresses and some inspiring ways you could get involved.