Sustainable Development Education Programme

Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow

The Inclusive Museum Heritage Project is an innovative project which will create greater opportunities for African Communities in particular, and minority ethnic communities in general, to access and engage in the Scottish Museum Sector.

Project aims:

  • Inclusive Museums Traineeship Programme
  • Develop wider awareness of Scottish Museums Heritage and increase take up of visits to Museums within the African and Ethnic Minorities communities
  • Increase opportunities for Museums in Scotland to share experiences and build stronger partnerships with African and Ethnic Minorities communities
  • Agencies better informed of the project and better equipped to encourage minority ethnic communities to engage within Museum heritage activities
  • Empower communities by addressing gender inequalities and the lack of participation of African women and youth in the Scottish Museum Heritage Sector
  • Deliver capacity building programmes to Scottish Museum Sector on how to work with and engage with African and minority ethnic communities across Scotland
  • Deliver awareness raising workshops to African and minority ethnic communities on the Scottish Museum Sector
  • Liaise with African and minority ethnic communities organisations and support them to work with museum agencies
  • Arrange and develop project activities and events
  • Monitor project and evidence outcomes
  • Develop meaningful partnerships between African and minority ethnic communities and Scottish Museum Sector
  • Empower communities by addressing gender inequalities and the lack of participation of African women and youth in the Scottish Museum Heritage Sector

David Livingston Centre

Improvements to Heritage:

Connect African communities with heritage of the Scottish Museum Heritage Sector improving diversity, leadership and equality

Greater representation of Black Minority Ethnic groups within Scottish Museum Heritage Sector

Create a sense of pride and belonging within African communities, boosting image, credibility and reputation of Scottish Museum Heritage Sector

Embedding and engaging African Communities in the Scottish Museum Heritage Sector

Capacity building:

Staff development through work placement within Scottish Museum Heritage Sector with academic accreditation

Training and opportunities of new practices and ways of working

Developing a cohesive, invested, empowered and motivated volunteer group

Contact:

Stephen Hall, Project Officer stephen@nextstepinitiative.org.uk

Mob: 0790 4155533

The Project

The ACCCS is a Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability Project funded

by the Scottish Government , with the objective of reducing the carbon emissions within the African communities in Glasgow and West of Scotland by 20% (883.63   tonnes CO2e) and cutting  fuel poverty within the African communities in Glasgow and West of Scotland by 20% over three years. The project uses the UK DEFRA/DECC 2011 conversion factors for electricity and gas consumption to evaluate and monitor outcomes.

The centre also provides a sustainable cultural relevant practical support framework for the communities,  taking into account the socio-cultural diversity of African individuals/households, African community organisations/groups and businesses in Glasgow and West of Scotland (Paisley, Johnstone and Linwood).

 

The Process

Home Visits and Energy Audits: The project employs suitably qualified Outreach and Engagement Officers to sign up households. This is followed by a home visit  for a comprehensive Energy Audit of the house. The outcome of the audit determines the level of support to be provided to the household which ranges from professional energy advice, energy monitoring gadgets, low power consumption bulbs, step down power devices and referral to partner organizations.

Climate Change Awareness Events: The project holds seminars and  workshops with different community and corporate organizations, educating and creating awareness on climate change and environmental sustainability. The project has held more than 20 events in Glasgow and West of Scotland since inception with more that 2,000 participants.

Climate Change Radio Shows: The Project holds Talk Shows on Radio on Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability. These shows are aired three times every week on the RKTV Scotland radio station, and are available for download from the station and project websites. The aim of the shows is to reach and educate the wider audience on the impact of climate change and environmental sustainability.

Youth and Kids Programme: The Project has established the Climate Change Youths and Kids Ambassadors Program. This programme engages over 500 the youths and kids from the African and Caribbean communities in Scotland, to sensitize them on the issues of climate change using the media that best communicates to each group. Youths are involved in activities such as music production (hip-hop, rap), Photo-shooting and video production and editing, all communication the message of Climate change and Environmental Sustainability. Kids are engaged with activities such as Story telling, painting, singing and drama, all communicating the same message of climate change. The kids are often engaged Radio and TV discussions on recycling

The Climate Change Resource Centre:  We have established an ultra-modern resource centre for climate change information. This centre enables individuals, organizations and corporate entities to access information in form of books, journals, publications, online libraries, blogs and websites.

 

Our Achievements

We are proud to say that over 1000 households and businesses have benefited from  this project. We have numerous documented case-studies of beneficiaries which can be found on the project website. These successes and case studies bother on

  1. Reduction in Energy Bills, which ultimately leads to improved standard of living
  2. Healthy Life styles
  3. increased knowledge of environmental sustainability

Beside the above mentioned benefits, the project has also had many spin-off benefits such as

  1. Employment creation, full-time, part-time, and voluntary

Skills Acquisition and employability enhancement for participating youths

The Youth Culture, Heritage, Leadership and Music Project, “the way back to my roots” is a youth-led project with focus on establishing the link on the genesis of musical instruments  which are embedded within Scottish and African culture and music.

Young people will lead in the work to establish the instruments presence in Scotland, and in the process make videos and recordings with the aim to organise a showcase of their work and findings.

Program requirements:

  • Anyone between the ages of 11 – 25
  • Active participation
  • Be willing to learn and be challenged

Benefits:

  • Music production
  • Develop and enhance leadership skills of African and Caribbean youths across Scotland
  • Mentor and coach African and Caribbean youths to have a voice on issues that affect them
  • Film production
  • Dancing
  • Radio presenting
  • Interview techniques and more
  • Young people will developed a better inter-cultural understanding of the different cultures and their interconnectivity across Scotland

Contact: info@nextstepinitiative.org.uk or 01414402700

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