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Inspiring young Scots to go for gold as global citizens

Julie Thompson, inspire>aspire

Blog / Young People
Julie Thompson, programme co–ordinator at inspire>aspire tells us about their Celebration Event earlier this month where inspired young Scots were awarded for their vision and commitment for a better world.

Inspire>Aspire: Global Citizens in the Making is a Supporting Legacy 2014 Project which allows young people from each of the 71 Commonwealth Nations and Territories to use our unique poster format to lead them through a structured process of self-reflection and self-discovery that helps to transform their inspiration into aspiration, asks them to make a commitment to action on their vision for a better world and enables them to connect with their commonwealth peers and share these beliefs.

This year our mission was to use the unique opportunity of Glasgow 2014 to ‘Inspire a generation’ and our enthusiastic drive for recruitment resulted in 36,000 pupils in Scotland taking part with participation in all 32 local authorities.

We ask schools to submit their 5 most inspired pieces of work, these are placed in to Gold, Silver and Bronze categories and a panel of judges choose the ‘National Finalists’ and ‘Prize Winners’ in each category, and on Monday 16 June in the incredible Bute Hall at the University of Glasgow these inspired and optimistic young people were awarded their medals by the fantastic Adventurer Mark Beaumont. 

The best part of the day was seeing the massive smiles on their faces!

We have hundreds of these inspirational posters accessible online and you can view and download them from our website.

The programme will run again next year where our mission is to create more mutually beneficial commonwealth school partnerships and break new ground in Global Citizenship education. 

Find out more about inspire>aspire

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