Connecting a new generation of young people with the River Clyde is an exciting prospect. The project brings the river to life as a source of knowledge and learning in a way never before undertaken. It adds a new dimension to the river's value.
Glasgow, United Kingdom (PRWEB) June 16, 2008
Clyde Waterfront has launched a new educational website. Communities and Sports Minister Stewart Maxwell MSP announced the online resource for teachers which will be used to connect pupils with the urban regeneration taking place along the River Clyde.
The Clyde Waterfront Education website was launched on Monday, June 16, 2008. The event was held at the new £130m BBC Scotland headquarters. This is one of the anchor developments in the new riverside Digital Media Quarter at Pacific Quay, Glasgow.
- A curriculum-based teaching resource based on the River Clyde.
- 200 lesson plans linked to the Scottish Government's Enterprise in Education programme.
- A way of connecting children with the present developments along the river as well as the past.
- An exciting and relevant context for learning.
This is the first time a national regeneration project has been used to create a comprehensive teaching resource. Linked to the Scottish Government's Determined to Succeed: Enterprise in Education programme, business and education work together to give children and young people positive attitudes to work and life.
Communities Minister Stewart Maxwell welcomed the launch of the initiative. He said, "The River Clyde is synonymous with shipbuilding, and historically is renowned as the world's greatest engineering power house."
"This innovative activity is offering young people the opportunity to learn in a truly exciting and engaging way, linking what they hear in the classroom to life beyond school and encouraging them to become enterprising citizens," continued Maxwell. "I welcome the opportunity for pupils to hear about the history of the River Clyde and the exciting opportunities arising from the major investments that are driving the regeneration of the Waterfront. This initiative will allow them to see first-hand the work of the many employers represented along the riverside. It will also encourage them to become involved in making their local area a better place to live."
Councillor Steven Purcell, Chair of the Clyde Waterfront Strategic Partnership Board and Leader of Glasgow City Council hosted the event. To an audience of leading educationalists, business people and developers, he said, "Connecting a new generation of young people with the River Clyde is an exciting prospect. The project brings the river to life as a source of knowledge and learning in a way never before undertaken. It adds a new dimension to the river's value."
He added, "The River Clyde is more than a powerful economic asset. It flows through the centre of our communities helping shape our history, culture and most importantly our future. Communities are at the heart of the river's regeneration and our young people are their future. This project will help ensure a new generation is knowledgeable of the changes taking place and is aware of the important role of the river in providing a sustainable environment, job opportunities, and leisure activities."
About Clyde Waterfront:
Clyde Waterfront is a public sector partnership established to promote and facilitate the implementation of the River Clyde's regeneration as a world class waterfront location that will drive Scotland's economic development in the 21st Century. A 15-20 year plan has been developed to transform the environment, communities, transport infrastructure and economy along the river from Glasgow to Erskine in the largest project of its kind to be undertaken in Scotland. The partnership involves the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, Renfrewshire Council, West Dunbartonshire Council, Inverclyde Council and Scottish Enterprise.
About Clyde Waterfront Education:
The Clyde Waterfront Strategic Partnership has created, developed and funded an educational website: http://www.clydewaterfronteducation.com which currently contains 200 Lesson Plans for teachers of upper Primary / Lower Secondary across all subjects.
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