New climate change programme launches for young people in Malaysia & Scotland

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British Council and the Social Enterprise Academy are looking for young people in Malaysia and Scotland aged 18-35 to take part in a new programme tackling climate change.

The A.R.C. Challenge Malaysia is one of the British Council’s lead-up initiatives to COP26 and aims to encourage young people with different skillsets and areas of expertise to engage in debate, dialogue and mutual exchange of ideas on the impact of climate change on their future.

Funded by the British Council in Malaysia and delivered by the Social Enterprise Academy, the VISION (Virtual Impact Storytelling In Our Network) project aligns with one of the five priority themes of COP26, ‘adaptation and resilience’, which is helping people, economies and the environment adapt and prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Starting in May 2021, 30 young people (15 each from Malaysia and Scotland) will participate in a 12-day online learning experience with facilitators from Scotland and Malaysia over the course of six months.

These learning sessions will explore ‘visioning for the future’ and ‘impact storytelling’ as ways young people can develop ideas in response to global climate challenges. The programme will close with a Global Impact Festival in November 2021 where young people will showcase and celebrate their projects.

Applications are open from now until 30 April 2021 to young people aged 18-35 who are passionate about supporting the fight for climate justice and collaborating with peers in Scotland and Malaysia.

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Jazreel Goh, Director Malaysia at the British Council said:

“As the heirs to our future, the youth are at the forefront in combating climate change and protecting cultural rights through awareness-raising, creating spaces for debate, driving activism and advocacy, as well as leading the way in creating innovative and sustainable solutions.

It is important that the cultural sector, funders and experts join the youth in their fight for their rights to access, protect, practice and live their culture. We encourage people from Malaysia and the UK and beyond to join us in building new collaborations and connections such as the A.R.C. Challenge Malaysia and support the youth’s efforts in finding solutions and better ways of living.”

Jess Kemp, International Projects Manager at the Social Enterprise Academy said:

“With the UK hosting the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, this project is particularly significant in creating an opportunity for young people from both Scotland and Malaysia to combine forces in the fight for climate justice.

We are excited to be partnering with British Council Malaysia in building a framework to connect and amplify ideas and projects from young people who are passionate about tackling the world’s most pressing climate challenges.”


Are you a young person aged 18-35 interested in supporting the fight for climate justice? Find out more about the programme and how to apply below: