LfS is an entitlement for all learners within the Curriculum for Excellence and both the UN Sustainable Development Goals and UNCRC are central to Scotland’s national vision.
The youth work sector has a key role to play in achieving Scotland’s 2030 vision for LfS in educational settings and is already massively contributing through youth work projects that support:
- Outdoor Learning – Taking young people’s learning outdoors, connecting them with nature and biodiversity and offering fun, active and adventurous experiences which offer new perspectives and a sense of place.
- Global Citizenship – Strengthening the awareness and connection that young people require to engage with local, national and global challenges and understand how decisions in Scotland can affect the lives of others globally.
- Sustainable Development Education – Developing young people’s knowledge and understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals, enabling them to take action to reduce inequality and create a more just and equitable society whilst also learning how to live sustainably within the limits of our planet.
- Youth Social Action - Recognising and supporting young people’s motivations to take action, make a difference and influence change within their communities, society and the environment.
- Political Literacy - Supporting young people’s participation and decision-making in society by increasing their understanding of our democratic processes whilst developing critical thinking, research and debating skills.
- Climate Change - Equipping and enabling young people with the knowledge and skills required to take action that contributes to reducing and reversing the effects of climate change.
At YouthLink Scotland we are committed to the role that Learning for Sustainability has in both our current and future practice as a youth work sector. You can find the current projects that we are supporting, resources on LfS and opportunities on how to get involved below.