The Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) and the Network for Social and Educational Equity (NSEE) have teamed up with schools in Scotland and Chile for a unique collaboration, using the approach developed by CNS to amplify children’s voices in the climate change discussion.
The project uses the ‘Children’s Voices’ research model developed by Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland applied to the climate concerns of almost 160 children and young people in both West Dunbartonshire in Scotland – St. Peter’s High School and St. Eunan’s Primary School – and in Chile at Escuela Luis Cruz Martinez, in Quillota. This approach follows the framework of a ‘research-practice partnership’, with cooperative weekly/biweekly sessions, during which the young people engage with teachers and researchers to define climate change, explore the issues and communicate their findings and wellbeing concerns.
The project has caught the attention of the media and educators in Chile.
The teachers and pupils from School Luis Cruz Martinez were recently invited to speak about “Student voice on Climate Change” at an education conference in Santiago.
You can read their report of the event on the School Luis Cruz Martinez website.
It has also appeared in several news stories and radio shows:
This international dialogue between the students enacts the sort of transnational cooperation needed to tackle climate change. You can see more about the project in this article: Children’s Voices for climate change: A research practice partnership between Scotland and Chile
Image credit: Copyright Colegio Luis Cruz Martínez Quilpué
Part of the COP26 activities at the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow