On friday last week (14th June) we had a visit from pupils and staff at Sunnyside Primary School, Glasgow. We were lucky to also be joined by 4 pupils from Dervaig Primary aswell.
Sunnyside Primary are a school of conservation, with conservation and the environment being high on their agenda and set as part of their everyday curriculum. Pupils at Sunnyside have initiated, and been involved in, many projects about conservation, and have been featured on BBC News and in parliamentary debates in relation to some of these projects. One of the most well known is their ‘Nae Straw At Aw’ campaign – where they worked to reduce unnecessary plastic use and wastage – including the notorious plastic straw! http://www.naestrawataw.org/
The pupils from Sunnyside gave a presentation to the pupils and staff here at Ulva, and followed this with some activities which included information about beach cleans, risks of pollution to marine animals and ideas for reducing plastic waste – including things like glitter (which they reminded us is in fact plastic!).
We hope to continue links with Sunnyside, and be involved with some of their projects as well as continuing our own – including involvement in the pilot scheme to recycle toothbrushes within Argyll & Bute and our regular beach cleans. We are lucky to have pupils here at Ulva who are so passionate and caring about their home and natural environment and this means we can continue to make a real difference.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”
Related articles from the Un Convention on the Rights of the Child:
- Article 29 – Goals of education: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.