Start the Change – project launch at MDEC, Wednesday 26 September 2018

Start the Change 

Are you passionate about educating for a better world? We are looking for enthusiastic secondary teachers and youth workers to be part of an exciting new transformative EU global learning project on issues around inequality and migration – Start the Change.

To find out more and meet local organisations working on these issues, help us launch the project in Aberdeen on Wednesday 26 September, from 4.30pm – 6pm at Montgomery DEC, 45 Victoria Street, Aberdeen AB10 1UX.

See Flier for Aberdeen launch and RSVP to Charlie Barrow:

Why Start the Change now?

Young people are growing up in a world that is changing almost as fast as they are. Our interconnected and interdependent world brings huge opportunities, but it also brings challenges such as conflict, inequality and environmental degradation.

Feelings of powerlessness to change the world around them can be a common challenge, but given the opportunity, young people can be powerful agents of change. Pupils are entitled to an education which develops the necessary skills, values and attitudes to engage effectively with the opportunities and challenges our globalised world brings and to have a voice in shaping a fairer more sustainable future.

Aims of the project

Working with schools and young people across 11 European countries, Start the Change aims to empower teachers, youth workers and pupils to explore, debate and take action on local and global issues. Focussing on the links between the UN Sustainable Development Goals, inequality and migration, the project aims to develop a model of active global citizenship for young people.

The project involves training and mentoring for teachers and youth workers, support for working with young people, resource development and opportunities for networking across Europe. MDEC are working in partnership with Highland One World to deliver this project in the Aberdeen area.

Project teachers and youth workers will take part in two training days, 12 and 26 January 2019 in Aberdeen, followed by individually tailored mentoring and free resource support.

Schools will be given funded support to work with young people.

Get involved

If you are interested in being part of Start the Change, please contact Charlie Barrow at

New online exhibition, “Multiculturalism, Aberdeen and You”, needs your stories!

Our friends at Aberdeen City Libraries and the Ethnic Minority Forum Aberdeen (EMF Aberdeen) have just launched an online exhibition, called “Multiculturalism, Aberdeen and You” (, as part of a joint project exploring multiculturalism and ethnic diversity in Aberdeen.

The exhibit explores ethnicity within the city, comparing 1911 to the present day and also viewpoints of local people on what multiculturalism means to them (what they associate with that word/concept) and whether they feel Aberdeen embraces multiculturalism, among other things. It has interactive sections, seeking to gather more information, stats and view points which will be added to the online exhibit at regular intervals.

There is also an opportunity to submit personal stories about experiences of living and working in a multi ethnic and cultural Aberdeen. In addition the organisers are seeking the stories locals would like to see in the papers that represent what goes on in Aberdeen to support and promote a culturally inclusive society.

Stories will feature in a specially created eBook and all entries are anonymous.


Montgomery DEC – details of FREE CPD programme 2018-19

We hope you had a restful summer and are looking forward to working with you again this year.

We are delighted to launch our CPD programme for the 2018-19 school session: MDEC CPD booklet 2018-19. Our sessions are provided free of charge and are focused on supporting you to link Global Learning to your classroom practice and across your school.

You’ll see from the booklet that we have changed the format of our twilight sessions, in that we are now looking for schools to book and host a session and to help us to promote this amongst the network. We will manage the booking process and also promote outwith the school’s immediate area too.

Our sessions can be tweaked and tailored, so please get in touch if there is something that you need that is not in the booklet.

Please contact our Global Learning Adviser, Charlie Barrow for more information: 

In addition, there are some other opportunities in the next few weeks that your teaching staff may be interested in.

*** UN Global Goals School STEM Summit 2018 *** Tuesday 25 September 2018 at Aberdeen Science Centre

Aberdeen Science Centre and The Montgomery Development Education Centre invite teachers of STEM subjects and STEM Ambassadors to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This annual event shall showcase interactive classroom resource activities and afford the opportunity for attendees to consider methods of incorporating global issues and children’s rights in the classroom whilst maintaining a STEM focus.

Register by going to

*** SIGNPOSTS Fiction Book Club – two part session *** First twilight session – Wednesday 3 October 2018 at Montgomery DEC, 45 Victoria Street AB10 1UX

MDEC are looking for teachers with a particular interest in literacy and global citizenship education. We are running a session on Wednesday 3 October from 4.30pm at our office in Victoria Street. We will discuss the use of storytelling in global citizenship education as well as what makes a good GCE fiction resource. At the end of this session, teachers will be invited to borrow books to use with their class. We will aim to meet back at the beginning of November to evaluate the resources’ success and this will inform the selection of new titles for the updating of the SIGNPOSTS website’s fiction list.

This is a one-off, 2-part session although it may be repeated if there is an appetite.

*** Fair Trade Ferry to a Fairer Future event *** Wednesday 3 October 2018, 10am – 12.30pm, onboard NorthLink Ferry at Aberdeen Harbour

Please look out for the invitation to attend our annual fair trade ferry event, being held on 3 October. If you already know that you are keen to send a group of 4 children, please contact However, we are looking to give initial places to schools that have not been before. A letter will be sent/emailed out shortly. In the meantime you can see more details here: Fairtrade Ferry To A Fairer Future flyer 2018

As always, for more information, or to discuss your school’s global learning needs, please call us on 01224 620111.

Grampian Fair Trade Regional Session – Cults Parish Church, Saturday 1 September, 2-4pm

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is hosting an informative session available to anyone interested in Fair Trade. The session is a fantastic opportunity for networking between Fair Trade groups in the Aberdeen area and to discuss recent developments in the Fair Trade movement. Fairtrade refreshments will be served.


1. General Introduction to Fair Trade

2. New developments within Fair Trade (e.g. Brexit, UK Trade Policy, Cadburys, Sainsburys etc)

3. Running a Fair Trade group: expanding reach and communications (including social media and website).

4. Administration of running a Fair Trade group: GDPR, insurance, risk assessments etc.

All welcome to attend.

Please let us know if you have any access or dietary requirements.

For more information about the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, visit:

Twitter & Facebook: @FairTradeNation

Vacancy at Scotdec, Edinburgh – part-time Global Education Adviser

Our friends and colleagues at Scotdec in Edinburgh are seeking a qualified Secondary teacher, with recent experience in the Scottish education system, to support the implementation of their Global Citizenship project Global Issues, Global Subjects (GIGS) and delivery of professional learning in Global Citizenship.

You can find out more about this part-time post (21 hours per week), how to apply for it and all about Scotdec on their website: