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Oxfam GB shares Schools for Future Youth at the National Multiplier Event in the UK!

What I remember most about the day is the sharing of ideas, being reminded of the importance of global citizenship education and the impact SF Youth has had on the young people involved. The structure of the day allowed for different perspectives from educators sharing their thoughts, young people explaining how they engaged with the SF Youth project, panel discussions and people in the room sharing their take on the day. Those are the individual elements that stand out.

What I remember most about the day is the sharing of ideas, being reminded of the importance of global citizenship education and the impact SF Youth has had on the young people involved. The structure of the day allowed for different perspectives from educators sharing their thoughts, young people explaining how they engaged with the SF Youth project, panel discussions and people in the room sharing their take on the day. Those are the individual elements that stand out.

The day began with my Oxfam colleagues setting the scene, providing background context to the day. Then the key note speaker provided examples of some of the work he had been involved in over the decades, showcasing the impact and achievement of these projects. This included footage of adults reflecting on a project they had been involved in as teenagers, demonstrating the long term impact of social justice education. The panel that followed provided a chance to get different perspectives on issues at the heart of SF Youth like the nature of giving young people a voice in schools. Subsequent talks gave an insight of what SF Youth means from the perspective of the head of a school involved and a participating teacher from a second school.

Talks from young people were interspersed throughout the day, consisting of an individual, pairs and a trio of young people sharing their thoughts. It was inspiring to witness young people articulate their understanding and thoughts on what SF Youth means for them. Witnessing their confidence as they spoke to a room full of educators, controlling their nerves in their delivery and engaging with questions, showed how much capabilities of young people are sometimes underestimated. The young people would have spent time preparing to speak; nevertheless it was admirable to experience especially when a pair of young people facilitated an interactive session with everyone in the room.

In the lunch break, a slideshow on the main screen showcased pages from the SF Youth website, complementing the booklet on SF Youth highlighting the distinctiveness and key features of the project that everyone had received in their delegate pack. By the end of the day, everyone had learnt something new about SF Youth and from the comments shared in the final session of the day, it was obvious that like me, many other people had been energised by the day and inspired to work with more young people on global citizenship projects.