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5 March, 2013

Plan UK and Citizenship Foundation win award for climate education programme

Together with Plan UK, we have scooped Climate Week's Best Educational Initiative award for our international programme of climate awareness in schools.

Make the Link - Climate exChange picks up Climate Week Award for education
Albha Bowe for Plan UK picks up the award from Andrex Eco's Matt Stone.

Make the Link - Climate exChange connected 25,000 young people from 330 schools in Europe and Africa.

Make the Link ran for three years. A multi-lingual website promoted discussion between those in high-carbon European countries (the UK, Netherlands and Bulgaria) with those in climate-impacted African countries (Malawi, Senegal and Kenya).

The programme promoted learning, dialogue and action on climate change issues. Participants shared experiences and attitudes and discussed ideas for action. Five hundred teachers were trained to deliver climate change education.

More than 100 MEPs signed a declaration that said young people should have more say in decisions about green issues. The declaration was drawn up by over 200 young people.

A free handbook [pdf] shares what we learned from the programme. It has real examples of how young people, educators and decision-makers can work together to tackle climate change, and why they should. It contains contributions from young people in the six participating countries.

The handbook is written by Plan UK, the Citizenship Foundation and the Partners Bulgaria Foundation.

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