SEEd for Change - youth for a sustainable future

SEEd for Change will work with and support young people to help them to design their own sustainability projects

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We are taught that water is H2O before learning that over 600 million people don’t have access to it. We are well-versed in Shakespeare before learning that over 700 million people can’t read.  To create a generation of teenagers aspiring to fix the world’s problems, education must be the first thing we look at” – George Rosenfeld, 17attendee at Young Change Makers for the SDGs Pilot event, June 2016

Actress Emma Thompson supports SEEd fully - emotionally and physically -  just as we support young people like George to achieve their dreams. Young people know the world's problems. They want to do something – but don't know where to go for support as they design their own projects and solutions. SEEd helps young people to do this. When you back this project you will be helping a young person fulfil their dreams trying to make a difference, helping them develop their employability skills and their CVs and helping schools embed this work in their busy schedules.

Despite many programmes and organisations working on global issues, the opportunities for young people to design or lead their own projects is limited. Indeed, the learning from being part of a project is not supported. The launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, with their emphasis on us all being involved, provides a chance for young people to find a platform.

The SDG global framework helps young people engage with the issues they feel passionately about, reinforced by the knowledge that over 192 countries around the world have committed to achieving these very same goals by 2030. Our programme will help to link them to other pioneering work around the world through our partnership with UNESCO. This opportunity is the basis of our ‘SEEd for Change’ programme. But we need your help so that young people can attend these inspiring events and learn…together.

As citizens and learners we have a responsibility to:

  • understand that the Goals are important
  • think about these in relation to people’s lives and interests
  • weigh arguments and discuss possibilities and practicalities
  • get involved whilst reflecting on the appropriateness of actions

The ‘SEEd for Change’ Programme

SEEd will engage with young people through live events around the country to which whole schools and colleges will be invited. This will inspire groups of students to ‘have a go’ at turning their practical ambitions into a reality. 

SEEd’s support will include:

  • training
  • mentoring
  • finding partners
  • enabling young people to share their learning.

The target audience are young people in areas of high youth unemployment including Plymouth, rural Gloucestershire, Kent and inner London so far with more to be confirmed.

Our support will enable young people to build capacity and implement their own projects. This will be achieved through a combination of:

  • online and face-to-face meetings
  • local youth networks
  • celebrations

SEEd piloted this programme in June 2016 and has worked with educators and young people to develop this further. A Committee of Young People will continue to hone the programme, finalising the design and evaluating it in the first year. We have already received interest from individuals to join a Partner’s Forum which will help to enable the scaling up of the programme. Please help us fund this really important work for your children and grandchildren!

Want to help in other ways as well? Tell your friends about this and encourage them to support SEEd. Or write to your MP and tell them that the purpose of our education system should not be just passing exams - but also to "care for oneself, care for others and care for the environment."

Thank you!

Project Outcomes - year 1

6 regional events – reaching 600 students minimum each year plus 6 local action learning networks of students

Online platform including social media to enable sharing and learning

A number of projects developed by the young people themselves

One celebration event each year

SEEd will develop an evidence based advocacy strategy to show the government how needed this approach is

Learning Outcomes:

Active citizenship

Collaborative working skills

Increased knowledge of sustainability especially as a careers guidance activity

Understanding how others are working towards sustainability e.g. universities, businesses, NGOs

Well, if we’re to think about what schools might do in relation to the goals, it’s important, first, to think about outcomes, and at a basic level, perhaps we have 4 kinds of responsibility as citizens:

  • understand that the Goals are important
  • think about these in relation to people’s lives and interests
  • weigh arguments and discuss possibilities and practicalities
  • get involved whilst reflecting on the appropriateness of actions