Surfers Against Sewage – Education – Be The Change Essex Education Programme

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    Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research.

    We are really proud of our education programme, which in recent years has seen us engage with approximately 10,000 students across the UK since 2010.

    In 2016 we launched our Be The Change, ‘Anti-Litter Action’ education programme. 

    Be The Change represents a ‘next step’ for our education programme as we seek to tackle marine litter beyond the beach and stop it at source. To do this collective action must be taken to stem the rising tide of litter blighting our communities, streets, countryside, beaches and seas. 

    To date the ‘Be The Change’ programme has invited over 3000 students in to ask themselves what role they can play to keep their communities litter free and inspire them to create their own innovative ‘Anti-Litter Action Plans (ALAPs)’ as they bid to win the Be The Change Award, which comes with a project grant of £250!

    Thanks to support from the Greggs Foundation, this Autumn has seen us deliver Be The Change to 6 amazing Essex schools. As with all SAS education initiatives, progression is a key and the programme was delivered in a number of stages.

    • Commitment – Schools had to commit to all stages
    • Preparation – Each school was sent a preparation and planning pack ahead of our visit
    • Workshops – During the week of the 7th – 11th of November the SAS education team visited; Oasis Academy Pinewood, RA Butler Infant and Junior School, Thames View Infants School, Darlinghurst School, Broomgrove Junior School and South Benfleet Primary School to deliver interactive workshops. The primary aim of Be The Change is to encourage youngsters to take responsibility for the health and happiness of their communities so each workshop focused heavily on giving them the opportunity to speak up, act out and begin deciding upon and creating their ‘Anti Litter Action Plans’. Each workshop culminated in the students practicing their ‘Project Pitches’ in suitably noisy style! 
    • Digital Pitch Submission – To be in with a chance of winning, each school is now required to submit a ‘digital pitch’ for their ‘Anti-Litter Action Plan’ to use here at SAS by the 28th of November.
    • Rubbish Day Out Live – Hosted by SAS 10 – 15 representatives from each school will join us online on December 1st from 2 – 3:30pm, where they will watch each schools ‘digital pitch’, hear feedback from our expert Be The Change judges and find out who has won the the inaugural Be The Change Essex Award 2016!
    • Be The Change Essex Award Presentation – On the 12th of December, SAS’s Regional Rep for Southend and a Greggs Foundation representative will visit the winning school to present them with their giant £250 cheque and 3ft tall trophy.
    • ALAP delivery – Down to business! The winning school must deliver their ALAP and report on it’s success by the end of February 2017.

    Our young people possess boundless energy, enthusiasm and most importantly a desire to make theirs and the lives others healthier and happier. In March evidence collated from Be The Change Cornwall showed that the programme had generated a 28% increase in levels of concern shown towards the litter issue and a 19% increase in students wanting to do something about litter. In simple terms Be The Change works and we can’t wait to see what awesome Anti-Litter Action Plans the youngsters of Essex come up with!



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