Young Scots Debate Games
Young people meet across continents to share Commonwealth values.
Young Scots and Sri Lankans virtually met at the new building of the British Council in Colombo to engage in discussions about the Commonwealth Games and values.
14-17 year old pupils at St Joseph’s Academy in Kilmarnock and Stonelaw High in Rutherglen linked up with Holy Trinity College in Kandy, and Colombo schools, Vishaka Vidyalaya and Mahinda Rajapaksa College, to discuss their educational and cultural links with HRH Prince Tunku Imran, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation.
Education Scotland, with the support from the British Council, made the live exchange possible via the unique education tool Glow. The session supported the British Council’s Commonwealth Class programme that provides resources, online BBC debates and interactive activities for schools to mark the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Participants included Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison, Louise Martin, Honorary Secretary, Commonwealth Games Federation, and British Council CEO Martin Davidson.
Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison said:
“The Games are a once-in-a-generation opportunity to strengthen links across the Commonwealth and I have been pleased today to see the British Council’s work to share in learning between Sri Lanka and Scotland.
“Joining up schools to learn from other cultures across the Commonwealth helps pupils become responsible global citizens. While the Games will inspire young people around the world to emulate their sporting heroes, this project is creating a lasting educational legacy for the Commonwealth.”
British Council CEO Martin Davidson said:
“For the first time, the British Council is using the opportunity presented by the Commonwealth Games being hosted in Glasgow to create links between young people across the Commonwealth. We are building and fostering links that will last until the next generation of young people meet at the Gold Coast Games in Australia 2018.”
Commonwealth Class is a special initiative run by the BBC, the British Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat, providing teaching resources, online debates and interactive activities for schools to mark the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It celebrates the values of the Commonwealth and connects its schools and young people to learn together about how to be active, responsible global citizens as part of the Commonwealth family.
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. They are active in six continents and over 100 countries, bringing international opportunity to life, every day. As part of their Legacy 2012 Cultural programme they provide a platform for voices from across the Commonwealth to be heard through music, dance, visual arts and the written word. Projects include the Big Dance, Commonwealth Games Newsroom, Commonwealth Writers, Poets Unities, GENERATION and Commonwealth Class.
Glow is the world’s first national safe and secure online community for pupils, parents and teachers. An award winning national intranet for education, developed exclusively for Scotland’s educational community, it allows pupils to learn using the tools of technology they are familiar with; educational games, revision papers, links to other sites and news features. These resources support pupils to learn in innovative and exciting ways.
The Scottish Government outlined its legacy plans in September 2009. These plans set out how the people of Scotland will benefit from a lasting and positive legacy from hosting major events, such as Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, as part of Legacy 2014. See www.legacy2014.co.uk
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Randima Jayasinghe (British Council Sri Lanka): email@example.com