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


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British Council, Social Enterprise Academy and University of the Highlands & Islands are looking for young people in 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.

Supporting partners of the project in Scotland include University of the Highlands and Islands and CoDeL (Community Development Lens), who will be providing opportunities for the young people they work with to participate in the programme.

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 16 May 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.

Dr Su Bryan, Dean of the Faculty of Science Health and Engineering at the University of the Highlands and Islands said:

“We are delighted to be involved in this exciting new project as a supporting organisational partner. In the period leading up to Glasgow’s hosting of COP26 in November, with the world’s attention on climate change, there is no better time for us to provide opportunities for young people to work collaboratively across nations, developing their creative ideas to tackle environmental issues. We have the largest geographical area of any campus-based university or college in the UK, serving predominantly rural communities in the Highlands and Islands, Moray and Perthshire.

We are committed to working with partners to represent our region in the global context, and this project allows our young people to do just that, bringing inspiration from the Highlands and Islands into the global efforts to tackle the impacts of climate change and find solutions to future challenges.“

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.”

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.”


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:




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