Pupils from Glenburn Primary School have been awarded first prize in the 2015 Scotland Lights up Malawi Campaign Challenge, with Ballantrae and Colmonnell Primary School taking second prize. The competition is run
by Keep Scotland Beautiful, the charity for Scotland’s environment, as part of its work with the 2020 Climate Group.
The South Ayrshire teams faced stiff competition from 20 other schools in the grand final of the Challenge, which took place at the Macroberts Arts Centre, Stirling, on Wednesday 17th June.
To get to this stage, the pupils were required to demonstrate what they had learnt about climate change and renewable energy and explain what steps they felt could be taken to create innovative approaches to a global issue. The team from Glenburn Primary – named the “Solar Sisters” – chose to present an animation project, which secured them first place on the day. The entry from Ballantrae and Colmonnell Primary won second prize with their news report – with reporters in the studio and “in the field” in Malawi.
The Glenburn pupils were rewarded for their efforts with a group visit to Edinburgh Zoo to learn more about climate change and sustainability, whilst second prize winners from Ballantrae and Colmonnell Primary won a group visit to Whitelees wind farm. Both were presented with their award by Grace Power, Fundraising and Engagement Coordinator with SolarAid.
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:
“We were overwhelmed with the level of entries in this year’s Scotland Lights up Malawi Campaign Challenge. The pupils from Glenburn Primary and Ballantrae & Colmonnell Primary impressed judges with their understanding of climate change and their innovative approach to tackling this important issue.
“The Campaign Challenge helps to support Scotland’s ambitions for climate justice by raising awareness of, and investing in, solar lights for Malawi; and also empowering pupils and teachers in Scotland to take action on social justice and climate change issues. The success of this Challenge’s efforts is evident in the enthusiasm presented by all pupils in approaching the task and we look forward to welcoming more schools on board next year.”
The Scotland Lights up Malawi Campaign Challenge is part of the Scotland Lights up Malawi project – sponsored by Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and part funded by the Scottish Government.
Ian Marchant, former Chair of Scotland’s 2020 Climate group said:
“It was a privilege and a challenge to act as one of the judges of the Climate Justice campaign challenge given the talent and creativity displayed by all the teams. The winners demonstrated these attributes and also showed high levels of commitment and enthusiasm. I know from first hand experience that School children in Africa will benefit from these efforts as the roll-out of solar lighting in a schools in Malawi continues to gain momentum”.