The Workers’ Educational Association Scotland (WEA), in partnership with Meteorologist Heather Reid OBE, have produced an educational pack focusing on weather, climate change and energy. The Counting on a Greener Scotland (COGS) pack is aimed at adults and young people and has been funded by Education Scotland.
Counting on a Greener Scotland Numeracy Resource Pack is a great resource for practitioners and learners to study numeracy in a vibrant, relevant and useful context.
The pack is full of useful and easily accessible information and aims to provide opportunities for learners to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of numeracy, in the particular contexts of weather, climate change and energy and their impact on everyday lives. There are many interactive and thought provoking activities that use numeracy to explore the themes outlined in the pack.
The pack was launched at an event at Whitelee Windfarm Visitors’ Centre recently by Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages.
Dr.Allan told delegates:
“I am pleased to recommend a learning resource that is empowering, relevant, inspiring and important to learners, tutors and communities.”
Jayne Stuart, Director, WEA Scotland said:
“Becoming confident to think and act on the issues that are important to us is just one of the benefits of education. Learning about world issues and their relevance to peoples’ everyday life, brings things like climate change and our energy needs home to us in a way that leaves a lasting impact. Working with tutors and learners, WEA Scotland has shared expertise to lead increased understanding of our role in contributing to a greener Scotland.”
Heather Reid (OBE), Educational Consultant said:
“Climate change and how we meet our energy needs, are two of the biggest challenges facing our global society. I hope the 'Counting on a Greener Scotland' learning resource can raise awareness about these important issues and help develop the necessary numeracy skills for learners to make informed decisions now, and in the future.”
Alan Armstrong, Strategic Director for Lifelong Learning at Education Scotland said:
“These roadshows will inspire new learning opportunities to promote the development of skills, knowledge and understanding of numeracy in the context of looking at key environmental issues.”
Stephen Breslin, Chief executive of Glasgow Science Centre said:
“The pursuit and acquisition of knowledge is not confined to childhood and the classroom - all men by nature desire knowledge. We are delighted to support and help develop initiatives and resources that provide lifelong learning opportunities. Glasgow Science Centre is committed to encourage people of all ages to develop their understanding of science, technology, engineering and maths.”
Over the coming months, the WEA will be distributing the pack through 3 national roadshows (Glasgow, Fife and North Scotland) incorporating workshops where practitioners can experiment with the resources highlighted in the pack.
The roadshows will showcase this exciting and innovative Resource Pack and provide great opportunities for practitioners to meet, work together and plan how to use the resources within the pack.
Glasgow Science Centre, have contributed resources to the pack and are kindly hosting the first COGs roadshow on 6th September.
For more information on WEA Scotland please visit the website.