About us

The Youth and Education Network exists to enable Friends of the Earth local group members and supporters who want to work with young people to do so effectively and safely. Interested people can join, buy cialis take child protection training, sign up for training events and find resources to use. Members are kept up to date with news on what Friends of the Earth is doing with young people.

Many Youth and Education Network members go into schools and youth clubs to run sessions. If you are a teacher or youth leader you can request a visit by emailing education@foe.co.uk. Schools can also sign up on the join page to receive new resources and news about ways we could help you.

The aims of the Youth and Education Network are:

  • To further Friends of the Earth’s aims for a sustainable world by engaging with, empowering and inspiring young people and those who live and work with them.
  • To campaign on issues that will affect young people and their chances of playing a part in a sustainable future, both with young people and on their behalf.

Members go into schools, youth clubs, scout and guide groups and run stalls at events in England, Wales and N Ireland. They educate young people about the environment and inspire them to help to protect our world. For more detail, you can read these documents:

YE Strategy – 2011_10_14

YE Strategy Summary 2011_10_14

A Young Peoples Angle on National Campaigns – 2011_10_14

Note that these Strategies were reviewed at the Co-ordinator’s meeting on 7th September 2013 and amended versions will be attached here in due course.

We have run several campaigns since 2010 around the new curriculum proposed by Michael Gove and his government, trying to embed sustainability and to get as many environmental issues included in it as possible. These include opposing the abolishment of the Sustainable Schools Strategy and campaigning for the inclusion of climate change and other environmental issues, along with citizenship, into the curriculum. We have managed to secure minor improvements, but the curriculum is still far from preparing children to play their part in a sustainable world.

Young people are now a priority ‘audience’ at Friends of the Earth, which means all major campaigns and other work will consider how they could work for young people. The details of how this will fit with the activities of the Youth and Education Network are not yet clear.

We have monthly teleconferences on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to phone in, you don’t have to book. You can tell us what you have been doing with young people and ask for any help you might need, find out what events are going on in the Network and plans for activities and resources. You can dial in on 0800 9993828 (freephone) or 020 74902665 (mobile), then when you are asked for it please enter the PIN: 2491216

In June 2009 we became a self-sustaining network, which means we have received small grants from Friends of the Earth and apply for funding for projects. We use this to fund training days, printing of resources, volunteer expenses etc. A funder gave a larger donation to the Bees campaign which enabled us to produce a comprehensive resource. There are no paid staff but we have strong links with staff at national FoE.

 

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