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Challenge Programme

Fuel Change partner with Scottish Secondary Schools to pilot challenge programme

School pupils from across Scotland are being challenged to step up and help solve the climate change issues facing the world today.

Fuel Change is a social enterprise movement that taps into youth’s potential to help fight the climate crisis. We unleash the underestimated skills and energy of Scotland’s youth by collaborating with educators and businesses to help solve their carbon challenges.

The Fuel Change Challenge programme launched in August 2020 and consists of three sprints. It allows teams of young people to create low-carbon solutions to industry’s real-life challenges.

Building on the success of the previous Fuel Change Challenges, we have adapted the national challenge programme to be implemented into a school’s existing curriculum offering.

The modified version of the programme will allow pupils to gain employability skills by learning how climate change can affect their future places of work while creating low-carbon solutions to real-life challenges.

The pilot programme will be trialled in Aberdeen Grammar, Braes High School, Craigmount High School, Kings Park Secondary School and Preston Lodge High School over the next nine weeks. with support from the Fuel Change team.

This round of challenges will focus on: Consumer Behaviours; Agriculture; Water and Natural Environment and Circular Economy.

Alison Thyne, Vice Principal at Kings Park Secondary School said: “We at King’s Park Secondary are really excited to be involved in the Fuel Change Challenge Pilot as this will help support our Learning for Sustainability work and ensure we can build a legacy of climate action involving our young people post-COP26. We are hopeful the pilot will also really help develop the employability skills, confidence and resilience of our young people and, alongside our industry mentor, help better prepare them for the world of work.”

Anna Bell, Fuel Change Project Manager said: “The Fuel Change Challenge harnesses the skills and energy of the next generation to solve real sustainability challenges faced by industry. It’s an exciting opportunity for young people to develop their employability skills while engaging with the issues surrounding climate change.”

The Fuel Change Challenge for schools will be offered on a larger scale as a 30-week programme for senior pupils from August 2022.

If you’re interested in discussing this further, please contact anna.bell@fuelchange.co.uk for more information.