Wednesday, 23 November 2016

13 charities will mentor vulnerable young people

"Some of Scotland’s most vulnerable young people will be given the chance to build positive, supportive relationships with caring adults thanks to a new fund from Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland."

"The intandem programme will support 13 Scottish charities to mentor children aged 8-14 who live at home and are subject, through the Children’s Hearing system, to local authority supervision."

"Intandem was co-created by Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland and launched by John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education earlier this year. The programme will offer young people a chance to build a relationship with a volunteer adult mentor who will support them as they deal with difficult experiences and challenges."

Learning for the 21st century is about skills and competencies as much as it is about knowledge and understanding. Just like digital badges, this mentoring project fits in with the idea that learning - in its broadest sense - can take place anywhere in the community and most adults are teachers.

How far this Big Society agenda is going to be pursued it is difficult to say, but there are warning signs from the United States that it could be the beginning of the end of traditional education.


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