SEEd’s Youth Programme Includes
- Young Changemakers
- Youth Sustainability Attitudes Survey
- SEEd Internships
“So often, as is the case in England, children are passed through primary school with a minimal (if any) focus on poverty. 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, 17, attendee at Young Change Makers for the SDGs Pilot event, June 2016
We know that many young people are worried about the future and are searching for opportunities to make a difference. Yet in many cases they lack the platforms, encouragement or resources necessary to do so.
SEEd’s Young Changemakers is a programme which provides young people with the space to discuss their hopes and dreams for the future, and facilitates supportive networks that encourage them to ‘have a go’. The programme involves a series of one-day events held in various regional locations around the UK to which local schools and colleges will be invited. This is followed by training and mentoring delivered by SEEd through online and face-to-face meetings, the development of peer-to-peer learning networks, and a final celebratory event.
The programme is underpinned by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals which provide an overarching and global framework for young people to aim towards. SEEd will work closely with a select number of partners – including NUS and the UK Stakeholders for the Sustainable Development Goals network – to evaluate this programme. A key learning outcome for the young participants will be the understanding that the Goals involve everyone and are for everyone now and in the future.
SEEd Sustainability Attitudes Survey
How do young people feel about sustainability, as a wider subject, and in relation to their personal lives? To answer this question we’ve brought out a series of surveys asking children, young people, and adults what they think. We ask that you take the time to complete the survey yourself, as well as sharing it with your students and networks.
The surveys are anonymous, take approximately 15 minutes to complete, and are designed to help you and your students/colleagues explore your thinking, understanding, and feelings around sustainability.
There are three versions of the survey, please complete the one that relates to you.
Primary School Survey – for children aged 6 to 11
Youth Survey – for young people aged 12 – 25
Adult Survey – for those aged 26+
If you’re a teacher you can use this survey as a baseline audit to measure your staff and/or students attitudes and knowledge around sustainability. Just get your school or class to fill it out and make sure they fill in the box that asks what school they go to. Once they have all completed it, email firstname.lastname@example.org to get your school or class results. You can ask your students to complete the survey year on year so you can compare your results.
What Happens Next?
The results from this survey will be included as part of the ongoing research that we submit to UNESCO.
Results from this survey will also be collated and used as evidence for our campaign to include sustainability education within the education act. Read more about our campaign.
This is a 5 year longitudinal study, allowing us to identify and understand current trends around sustainability learning and education. We ask that you consider doing this survey again in the future, either yourself or with your students, to help us gain a broader picture of cultural sustainability development.
Anonymous results from this survey will be collated into a report that will be shared by SEEd, on our website, with our partners, with UNESCO, and with other ESD organisations.
SEEd Interns and Youth Ambassadors
Contact us at email@example.com to find out more about these roles.