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ChangeMakers Summit 2022

*Scroll down for a short film and photographs from the event. 

The ChangeMakers Summit is a collaboration between Cheltenham Education Partnership and the University of Gloucestershire (UOG) Sustainability team and School of Education & Humanities, where over 130 students and teachers from 10 Cheltenham secondary schools came together with industry representatives, and UOG students, lectures and other staff members. With the University’s expertise in Education for Sustainability (EfS), a full day of bespoke training was developed for the young audience, giving them the agency to amplify their voices and drive sustainability, as well as equipping them with the knowledge, skills and means to effect change in their schools and local communities.

The event included a range of themed workshops incorporating voices of expertise from across the University and selected industries.

“When young people campaign for change, they need to understand the challenges behind the doors they’re knocking on. This training gave students real-world industry insights on sustainability and they went away empowered to have more powerful and insightful conversations with today’s leaders, and to lead change in their lives as future professionals.” Miriam Webb, UOG Sustainability Engagement Manager

The event also provided an innovative learning space with guests from a range of industries, including Cheltenham Borough Council, Stagecoach, Golden Valley Development, Hillside Environmental, Planet Cheltenham and BaxterStorey, so that students could share ideas and discuss how sustainability will feature in future careers.

“To cover the topic of sustainability with such breadth and depth is tricky, especially given the range of ages in attendance.  The workshops in particular provided real food for thought and our pupils came away empowered. They have had their agency amplified!” Will Parker, Director of Sport and Physical Activity at Cheltenham Ladies’ College

Created by CEP, the ChangeMakers initiative re-launched in November 2021 (following Covid-19 restrictions) across 10 Cheltenham secondary schools to take action against climate change and has resulted in ambitious and wide-ranging projects tackling energy use and eating habits to waste and water consumption.

Click HERE to access a short film summarising the ChangeMakers Summit 2022

“This summit marks a significant milestone in the ChangeMakers project as it nears the end of its first full year. Young people and teachers across the partnership have been inspired to re-consider sustainability and at a level that takes them far beyond the current curriculum."

“For those at the summit and others who will benefit from legacy resources, sustainable thinking is not just about what we can do to influence change now, it’s about preparing for future careers that embody sustainability no matter the industry.” Emiy Buirski, CEP Co-ordinator

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