Student Teachers Become ‘Champions for Change’

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December 11 2017

Students give a thumbs up to battling bigotry through eduaction

Students at a leading UK University took the chance to learn more about tackling bigotry through education this week as Nil by Mouth visited the University of Strathclyde.

Students on the University’s BA Primary Education course attended a guest lecture from Nil by Mouth Education Officer, Jamie Lithgow, focusing on how a teacher can approach this complex issue with pupils and parents. He also provided information on a range of resources available to schools to develop their anti-sectarian work.

The university has been a strong supporter of Nil by Mouth’s work for more than a decade with guest lectures, CPD training and placements being offered to education and social work students through the charity’s ‘Beyond Religion and Belief’ programme. The aim of this partnership is to equip students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to address sectarianism in the classroom and beyond.

NBM Education Officer Jamie Lithgow discusses how to tackle sectarianism

This annual event is a highlight in the charity’s calendar and this year also featured speakers from Respect Me and LGBT Youth Scotland. Combined with a similar event for the university’s PGDE students, has seen more than 1,500 students taking part over recent years. Many students who take part have subsequently worked with the charity after beginning their careers in schools across Scotland.

Nil By Mouth Education Officer, Jamie Lithgow, said:
‘We are delighted to have been invited back to Strathclyde to present at this conference. Our schools programme has gone from strength to strength in recent years and the support we have received from Strathclyde graduates in the past has played a huge part in this. We are always struck by the levels of commitment and imagination shown by Strathclyde teaching students and we wish them all the best for their block placement next term, and into their teaching careers in August!’