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People in Scotland favour wealth being distributed more equally in Scotland and support stronger political action to narrow the gap, according to new research by Oxfam Scotland.

A social media poll run by IDEAS and partners as part of its Young Citizen Advocates initiative in the run-up to 2018's Year of Young People has so far shown a clear desire by young people to have greater influence over political decisions that affect their lives.

Almost six thousand teachers across Scotland have been reached through the Global Learning Programme Scotland, funded by the Department for International Development.

Three organisations in Scotland will receive major European funding for international projects that will boost global citizenship education and its impact on the Sustainable Development Goals.

IDEAS is extending our work in schools to stage a series of major events directly geared towards young people and increasing their participation in local and global change.

MSPs published their response to the Scottish Government's draft Climate Change Plan last week, saying they were 'disappointed at the lack of detail' and calling for a number of improvements to be made.

A new guide has been published by UNESCO laying out learning objectives for Education for Sustainable Development to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Christian Aid has just launched a new resource for schools to help pupils to think about the challenges and choices facing refugees.

In January, IDEAS hosted a Scotland-wide tour to launch the new edition of seminal global citizenship education book 80:20, Development in an Unequal World by its authors Colm Regan and Tony Daly.

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum has launched new Fair's Fair youth packs to help children and young people engage with the concept of fair trade ahead of Fair Trade Fortnight, which will run from 27 February to 12 March 2017.

Organisations with an interest in promoting global citizenship education and rights have the chance to flag up the importance of the subject as part of a Scottish Parliament consultation exercise.

The Children's Parliament has released a report, School Should Be a Joyful Place, drawing on eight years' of work and consultation with children, looking at what children want from education.

The Scottish Government last month published its international development strategy, entitled Global Citizenship: Scotland’s International Development Strategy.

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, along with other UK networks, has been awarded a £500,000 Big Lottery grant to develop the two-year Open Government Pioneers Project.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney has unveiled plans to develop new routes into teaching, backed by over £1 million from the Scottish Government Attainment Scotland Fund.

A new education project has launched, aimed to provide a more fair, community-focussed alternative to conventional enterprise education.

IDEAS is happy to be collaborating on the launch tour of the new edition of key development education book 80:20: Development in an Unequal World, by Colm Regan and colleagues.

The home of the European Centre of The World Peace Prayer Society is at Allanton World Peace Sanctuary, based near Dumfries in southern Scotland.

International civil society alliance Civicus is calling for input into its strategic priorities for the five years from 2017 to 2022.

The State of Children's Rights in Scotland report has now been published by children's rights alliance Together.

DFID has published the results of its Civil Society Partnership Review, which lays out a new strategic approach to partnership with and funding for civil society organisations.

CONCORD, the network of European NGOs, has just published its 2016 AidWatch report, and concludes that EU aid is backsliding.

IDEAS would like to welcome the Scottish Fair Trade Forum as a member, and we look forward to working together to raise awareness of Fair Trade among the young, particularly at school level.

Scottish Refugee Council has launched a new public campaign, Cup of Tea with a Refugee, aimed at encouraging positive attitudes to refugees across Scotland.

The Scottish Government last month launched its Fairer Scotland Action Plan, to help tackle poverty, reduce inequality and ensure a more inclusive Scotland.

Civil society groups are being asked to take part in a consultation as part of the Leave No One Behind programme, to ensure that marginalised and disadvantaged groups benefit as soon as possible from the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Scottish Government has launched a governance review and is seeking views on how education – from early years to secondary schools – is run to ensure that it delivers excellence and equity for all children and young people.

One of our newest IDEAS members, and our most colourful, is Rainbow Turtle, based in Paisley, which is both a trading company, selling Fairtrade products, and a charity.

Connecting Classrooms is offering a new professional learning opportunity for primary and secondary teachers in Scotland to develop their practice in relation to Learning for Sustainability.

The Development Education Research Centre has just published a new podcast called ‘How We can Engage Children in Learning About Global Development Matters'.

Presentations and papers from the Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability (TEESNet) conference that took place in September are now available for online access.

IDEAS coordinator Dr Tanya Wisely last week attended the Global Education Network Europe conference in Florence, Italy, on behalf of DfID and the Global Learning Programme.

IDEAS' Global Citizenship Month, which took place throughout September and included a roadshow, a Parliamentary event and a stint at the Scottish Learning Festival, has proved a big success and we hope to keep the positive momentum going, with more events planned later this year and in early 2017 - watch this space.

Learning for Sustainability Scotland is working with members to develop a new task group focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Scotland's Minister for International Development and Europe Dr Alasdair Allan MSP has announced that Scotland is going to build upon international development partnerships with four countries from 2017.

A new online learning course that will allow teachers to explore how to incorporate global citizenship into their schools and lessons without having to attend physical courses will be launched by the end of 2016, IDEAS is announcing today (29 September).

The new State of Civil Society report has been released for 2016, and looks at rising threats to civil society, the demonisation of activists and the exclusion of many from participating.

Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney has launched a new education plan for Scotland, aimed at closing the attainment gap.

International development network CONCORD Europe today hosted an online discussion entitled Consequences of Brexit: What does it mean? How should we react?

YouthLink Scotland, working with a range of partners, has convened a steering group to explore the potential for commissioning research to demonstrate the impact of youth work.

The MSPs who will make up the Education and European & External Affairs Committees at the Scottish Parliament for the next session have been announced.

An action plan has been published from the recent meeting of the UN DPI/NGO conference,  looking at education for global citizenship and how it forms part of the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published its global competency report, laying out knowledge, skills and values needed for an 'inclusive world'.

A major report has been launched setting out the implementation of Learning for Sustainability recommendations and the long-term vision up until 2030.

An awards ceremony will take place next week in Aberdeen to recognise pioneering work done by six schools in the city as part of the innovative Miniature Earth Learning Project.

This September will see an exciting celebration of global citizenship across Scotland, including a roadshow, a conference for education policy makers and local workshops.

The Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability Network (TEESNet) has announced details of its 2016 conference, entitled Measuring What’s Valuable or Valuing What’s Measurable? Monitoring and Evaluation in Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship.

The Scottish Human Rights Commission has just launched its new Strategic Plan, outlining its work priorities until 2020.

Learning for Sustainability, including global citizenship education, is an absolutely fundamental way of making education relevant to young people's lives, says IDEAS network director and Global Learning Programme Scotland director Dr Tanya Wisely.

Participants in the Teach Global Ambassadors programme talk about how major world issues can be successfully incorporated into everyday lessons, in a new video.

Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP) is next week starting a road trip around Scotland, aimed at engaging with members but with a chance too for schools to find out more about Malawi.

The important issue of children's rights is on the agenda this year in Scotland, with a major event taking place next month and a number of new resources.

The Global Educator of the Year Award, launched in 2015 to recognise and celebrate the contribution of UK educators helping young people to become good global citizens of the future, is taking place again this year.

People are invited to host an event during 2016's Global Day of Citizen Action, on 14 May. The Global Day of Citizen Action is part of a global campaign to raise awareness about the importance of 'civic space' - the freedom to speak out, organise and take action.

IDEAS welcomes wholeheartedly the Scottish Government’s announcement of the continuation of funding to Scotland’s six Development Education Centres (DECs).

The Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland (NIDOS), Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP), Scottish Fair Trade Forum and Christian Aid Scotland are holding a hustings event for members next week.

This September will see the annual conference of the Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability Network, which will focus on opportunities and challenges in the monitoring and evaluation of sustainabile development and global citizenship education.

The Scottish Government last week launched a major consultation on its international development policy, stating that its current budget is “spread too thinly”.

Scottish Government Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages Alasdair Allan has urged schools to take part in a conversation about what Learning for Sustainability means across Scotland.

The Development Education Research Centre has recently launched two important research reports, both written as part of the Global Learning Programme in England, looking at the adoption of global learning in English schools, and pupils' understandings of poverty.

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