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Councillor Robyn Hattersley: Bringing change at a local level for sustainable development 

Robyn Hattersley is the Councillor for Thatto Heath Ward, part of St Helens Borough Council. Robyn is also training to be a teacher at Liverpool Hope University, where she was initially  introduced to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of Wider Perspectives in Education,  an integral part of her course. Inspired by the aspirations of the 17 global goals, Robyn participated in a webinar on implementing the SDGs at local level in September 2020 in her capacity as councillor and began to think about how St Helens Borough Council could engage with the Sustainable Development Goals.

She submitted a motion for St Helens Borough Council to aid and support sustainable development. On the motion, Councillor Hattersley said:

“Many of these global challenges addressed in the UN Sustainable Development Goals affect our council directly including poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation.

We must engage thoroughly with the UN SGDs as they lay the foundations for a more sustainable way to positively develop the borough. It is vital that all levels of government work together and the Council believes that local government is a key component to successful implementation of the SDGs.”

The Council unanimously agreed to pass the motion, resolving to:

1. Create a tracking document wherein the Council can monitor progress on the SDGs and map the targets that are relevant to the borough’s priorities, using the LGA and UKSSD Sustainable Development Guide.
2. Formalise their commitment to the SDGs by following and adhering to the tracking document in subsequent policy making.
3. Ensure that all council reports and policy papers include an SDG assessment, indicating which goals will be met by the adoption of the recommendations within the reports.
4. Lobby central government for them to recognise the vital role local government must play in terms of the planning, implementation and monitoring in local areas, and fully resource councils to do that work, to deliver the UK’s progress on meeting the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda.

Andrea Bullivant, Global Learning Adviser at Liverpool World Centre, commented:

“The InterCap project aimed to engage different sectors in dialogue about the best way to respond to issues such as migration and sustainable development, using the SDGs as a way to approach this more coherently.  Whilst recognising that the SDGs are global goals, InterCap provided a vehicle to engage local policy makers and stakeholders with their responsibilities for the SDGs at local level.”

The webinar was part of a series on Policy Coherence for (Sustainable) Development organised by LWC as part of the InterCap EU project. To find out more about the InterCap project and access training modules visit the InterCap website.

September News: It was an eventful month with updates on our EU Get Up and Goals (GUAG) and Engaging Disengaged in Transition (EDiT) projects, the Philosophy for Challenging Extremism (P4CE) toolkit is out now, and we have a free conference Fri. Oct 18th focused on  “Exploring Global Learning for Personal Development”.

Register on Eventbrite for the free “Exploring Global Learning for Personal Development” conference on Friday Oct. 18th: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exploring-global-learning-for-personal-development-tickets-70751972053   

JULY NEWS: Liverpool World Centre has been doing amazing work the past few months. We participated in the Zero Plastic-Primary School Conference and have been working on the Get Up and Goals project to deliver free downloadable resources relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Work has also begun on the Engaging Disengaged in Transition (EDiT) project. Hoping to have a few conferences in the future.  Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date with all of our work: https://mailchi.mp/ca5e55220f4f/travel-training-and-a-conference-free-opportunities-at-lwc-3456401  

JUNE NEWS: We are very excited to be working on counter narratives with Liverpool community groups.  Their stories are being transformed from the idea (see pic) to video shorts as we speak! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


MARCH NEWS

Hope you enjoyed a good Fairtrade fortnight – we did!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to those who joined us at our great conference in March, this time focusing on gender from a range of perspectives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


NOVEMBER NEWS

Fantastic welcome to EU visitors on INTERCAP training with 10 other Merseyside community and education organisations for 3 day training.


OCTOBER NEWS- This month Get Up and Goals held its first teacher conference on the SDGs.   Speakers included Tom Franklin (picutred) of Young Citizens, Vicky Pendry of Curriculum Foundation, Alison Clarke Phd, and of course our own team members, Jason, Jacquie and Karen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SEPTEMBER NEWS!!!  LWC welcomed over 80 delegates to the 11th annual TEESNet conference.  This  is for teachers and teacher traineers who take a more critical view of the Sustainable Development Goals, and how they relate to education.

For more information visit the TEESNet website teesnet.liverpoolworldcentre.org.


JUNE NEWS:  We’re currently working on three exciting European projects that allow us to share skills and expertise across the continent:

InterCap – Find out more about InterCap on our projects page or at the project website. Get Up & Goals – Another project exploring how the Sustainable Development Goals can be used to create excitement and practical action in schools. P4CE – This project builds on our specialism in dialogue methodologies, exploring how Philosophy 4 Children can be used to explore and combat extremism and controversial issues.

Find out more under the ‘About Us’ tab or scroll down to find out what we’ve been up to recently…


MAY NEWS!!! We are delighted to have supported Oxfam in updating their ‘Teaching Controversial Issues’ resource. The guide seeks to support educators in developing essential skills that allow learners to constructively discuss their own values and ideas, and develop as active global citizens. The resource can be downloaded directly from the Oxfam website here. Contact Liverpool World Centre if you would like support in developing the skills and knowledge to explore controversies and extreme views in class. We offer related workshops, CPD opportunities and consultancy for schools, community groups, academics and educators.


APRIL NEWS: The LWC office is a pretty hectic place this month, with the national Global Learning Programme coming towards its end, and our 3 EU projects in full swing – Jason’s leading on Get Up & Goals, Andrea is managing the Intercap project, and Karen is off to Budapest at the beginning of May as part of the P4CE project. Head to our projects pages to find out more, or contact us if you are a school or other organisation who would like to be involved in our transnational work!


MARCH NEWS: This year’s TEESNet announcement has been released! The annual Teachers for Sustainability and Equity Network conference will take place at Liverpool Hope University on the 11th September. Head over to www.teesnet.liverpoolworldcentre.org for more info.


FEBRUARY NEWS: For Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 from the 26th February – 11th March, we are asking you to ‘Come on in’ to Fairtrade to stand with farmers and close the door on exploitation through organising a Fairtrade event or lesson. We have lots of educational resources available to download from our Schools website, such as Samuel’s Fairtrade Story which gives children the chance to experience what life is like for a Kenyan coffee farmer through an immersive 360 video and supporting lesson plans.

Alongside this, we have special Event Packs which contain everything you need to put on a Fortnight event such as posters, leaflets and stickers – if you are interested in ordering these in bulk for distribution to schools in your area then please do let us know.

 

DECEMBER NEWS: Our event Sustainable Development Goals event on 13th December was fully booked with a range of local partners old and new.

For more information, our first post ‘Introducing the Sustainable Development Goals’ is now available to view. You can also find lots of useful information from TEESNet’s 2017 conference ‘Making the Sustainable Development Goals Real


NOVEMBER NEWS:  We are pleased to announce the start of our Erasmus+ project ‘P4CE’ with 5 European partners.  The project will look at how educators engage with extremism.  Here’s a case study from our partners in Sweden ‘challenging right wing extremism’


For Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 from the 26th February – 11th March, we are asking you to ‘Come on in’ to Fairtrade to stand with farmers and close the door on exploitation through organising a Fairtrade event or lesson. We have lots of educational resources available to download from our Schools website, such as Samuel’s Fairtrade Story which gives children the chance to experience what life is like for a Kenyan coffee farmer through an immersive 360 video and supporting lesson plans.

Alongside this, we have special Event Packs which contain everything you need to put on a Fortnight event such as posters, leaflets and stickers – if you are interested in ordering these in bulk for distribution to schools in your area then please do let us know.


British brisith valuesValues has been a focus of our work with teachers.  LWC Associate Alison Clark and staff member Andrea Bullivant, worked with Liverpool Hope University to publish initial research into British Values in teaching. Read the summary here: British Values research 2016 


 glp_logo_w260Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 14.50.29Back in June 2016 Liverpool World Centre worked with Ashley Special School to prepare case studies for the Global Learning Programme. The programme continues until Summer 2018. Contact us to find out how you can get involved, or Click here to read more


2016: LWC trainer/facilitator/educator extraordinaire Andrea Bullivant travelled to Croatia to lead training as part of Year One of European project ‘Eat Responsibly‘. The project focuses on sustainable food consumption and sustainable development goals.

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Workshop with Older People

Session photo 1LWC facilitated a workshop on care for older people.  The event brought together faith communities from Ainsdale Community Care, St Mary’s Waterloo, St Leonards Community Centre Bootle, and Sacred Heart Ainsdale.  It is part of an on-going project looking at healthy eating and affordable warmth, run by the Eco Resource Network (LWC, Faiths for Change and Energy Projects Plus).


 

Global Learning in Latest Ofsted Report:

Global Learning was mentioned in the latest Ofsted Report as being an important part of all schools in the UK.

global learningEvery child growing up in the UK should have the chance to learn about the world around them, the facts of poverty and underdevelopment, and about the potential to build a freer and more prosperous world. The Global Learning Programme (GLP) https://globaldimension.org.uk/glp will work with primary, secondary and special schools across the UK to ensure that young people have this opportunity. GLP will seek to help pupils to develop the skills needed to work in a global economy through learning about key themes of development education such as:

  • Knowledge of developing countries, their economies, histories and human geography.
  • Knowledge of the basic elements of globalisation School Inspection Update December 2015 |Issue 5 9.
  • Knowledge of different ways to achieve global poverty reduction and the arguments around the merits of these different approaches.

See full report here