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Strengthening learning and culture at home and internationally

Julie Thompson, Programme Manager, Inspire Aspire

Education / Young People / International
Julie Thompson of Inspire Aspire hopes that pupils can continue to be inspired through the legacy of the Games.

With Legacy Week upon us, it has been a great time for us to reflect on the impact of our organisation’s work in contributing towards the ‘Connected’  legacy outcome.

Our commitment was to use the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to strengthen learning and culture at home and internationally.

To date, our ‘Global Citizens in the Making’ personal development programme has reached pupils in 53 Commonwealth Nations and Territories.

This has given over 59,000 Scottish pupils and 31,000 Commonwealth pupils the opportunity to explore and develop their values, consider their own personal inspirations and make a commitment to their vision for a better world.  That’s a lot of inspired minds leaving behind a legacy of motivated hope and change!

In 2014 we were privileged to have Queen’s Baton Relay presenter and cyclist extraordinaire Mr Mark Beaumont present at our awards ceremony. Mark’s words of encouragement and recognition of all our participants is another example of using legacy to inspire and enhance young people’s goals.

Inspire Aspire was also keen to enhance young people’s learning and understanding of other countries’ cultures.

We have created 40 school partnerships between Scottish and Commonwealth schools and we are continuing to create more partnerships whilst constantly developing our Commonwealth Sharing Space. This gives pupils the chance to share and discuss posters so that they can gain an insight into their commonwealth peers’ beliefs, values and goals.

We hope this creates a legacy of active, global and culturally aware citizens. Our ambition is to continue this legacy through to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

This will continue the legacy of Inspire Aspire and is the next step in our journey to inspire!