Imbewu Scotland works with young people aged between 13-15 who come from remote or isolated rural communities and inner city areas
The project is intergenerational and works with a range of partner estates to deliver a programme that educates about the value and opportunity for employment in the rural sector. This is done by meeting a range of estate staff from game keepers to rangers, or factors and managers of estates. Each young person also volunteers for a day on the programme, usually in some conservation activity but can also include working with live stock as required, and learns about the ecology, history and nature of that particular estate.
The heart of the programme is a three-day wilderness trail that includes learning about camping skills, respectful access to wild land, Leave no Trace ethics and also learning about valuing wild and green space for the future. The project has a strong personal development aspect and is researched by University of Essex for its proven outcomes of improved confidence and self-esteem, increased interest in working in the rural sector, increased connections to nature and interest in the outdoors, improved mood and hopefulness.
Recognition for Imbewu Scotland
We learned earlier in the year that Imbewu Scotland had been nominated for an education award, as part of the inaugural Helping It Happen Awards sponsored by MacRobert Trust. Last night the awards ceremony took place in Edinburgh, as part of the Scottish Land & Estates Spring Conference. The Education category had over 56 nominees and although we firmly believe in the Imbewu approach to education, we knew we were facing some stiff competition.
Pictured: Wilderness Foundation UK CEO Jo Roberts (left) receives the Education Award from Doddie Weir on behalf of Imbewu Scotland at the Scottish Land & Estates "Helping it Happen" Awards last night in Edinburgh.
Thank you to everyone who has played a part in our Imbewu journey so far - it's only just beginning! This includes all the funders, the staff, volunteers, estate workers and most of all the young people who have made Imbewu Scotland such a special and meaningful experience.
The 2017 Imbewu Scotland programme is already under way, with our first experiential learning week having completed this month. Our second cohort of young people will set off on their combined wilderness trail and volunteer week on 6th June 2017.
The project is being majority funded over the next two years by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund "Young Start" scheme. Young Start distributes money from dormant bank accounts. It aims to create opportunities for children and young people aged between 8 and 24 to help them realise their potential.
Find out more
If you are a young person interested in an Imbewu Scotland opportunity, or a teacher who would be interested in launching Imbewu Scotland into their school, please contact us for more information. You can also call us on 0300 123 3073 and speak to a member of the Education Team.