Food Activism in the School Yard

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Food Activism in the Schoolyard is a public engagement project funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute.

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Addressing key global challenges such as poverty (SDG 1), inequality (SDG 10) and climate action (SDG 13), this programme is centred on growing food in school gardens, to support the wellbeing, informed activism and democratic participation of young people across educational sectors.

The project team involves educators and researchers from the University of Edinburgh (Moray House School of Education and Sport); University of Strathclyde (School of Education); University of Aberdeen (School of Education); University of West of Scotland (School of Education & Social Sciences); One Seed Forward; Learning for Sustainability Scotland; City of Edinburgh Council.

The first event saw the participation of stakeholders from a wide range of sectors involved in children’s education. The second event involved young people in discussions and activities related to growing, preparing and consuming food.

This is the final dissemination event. The project team will summarise the outcomes of the first two events and will involve the audience in the creation of a draft framework to support coordinated actions in education, enabling young people to take a leadership role on the sustainability of food systems.

The event is open to all; it is a highly interactive event seeking to encourage participation and engagement across sectors. It will be of particular interest to teacher educators, teachers, community learning and development officers, and young people.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday 24th February from 4.00 to 5.30 pm and will take place via ZOOM. Registration via Eventbrite is mandatory. A link to Zoom will be sent upon registration and prior to the start of the event.


  • Introductions
  • The importance of talking about ‘Food activism’ in Education (Laura Colucci Gray – University of Edinburgh)
  • Food activism education internationally: an example from India (Pallavi Varma Patil - Azim Premji University, Bangalore)
  • Findings from the previous events (Claire Cassidy, University of Strathclyde)
  • Building connections: ACTIVITY
  • Building Sustainable Food Partnerships – Facilitated Panel Discussion

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