INSPIRE > ASPIRE is an independent education programme inspired by the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The aim is character development in young people. It is designed to help them explore their character, ideals and values through a unique poster template using supporting Internet resources. The programme is free to users of any age but it has been designed specifically for 10-18 year olds. INSPIRE > ASPIRE builds on the work of the Learning for Life project, a UK wide programme of academic research, teaching and learning development and practical activities in schools, principally supported by the John Templeton Foundation. The original values poster was developed from Sir John Templeton's Worldwide Laws of Life which he first published in 1997.
How it works...
Participants reflect on a series of qualities and values aligned with the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence and the desired outcomes of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The ePoster template provides a framework for this Inspire>Aspire exercise. Activities 1-4 enable the students to reflect upon four qualities and values and write about their key strengths and challenges in this sphere, while activities 5 and 7 offer them the opportunity to illustrating their thoughts through establishing their favourite story or fictional character and finding suitable quotations and images. In activity 6, they tell the story of their chosen inspirational figure and how they achieved their success. The culmination of the exercise is their response to questions about the kind of person they want to be and the goals they want to achieve. They are also invited to describe their vision for a better world and explain how they are going to help bring this about.
Once students have completed the exercise, they can print out their work and/or email their completed document to our Podium where electronic certificates are awarded in Bronze, Silver or Gold depending on the level achieved. (See teachers' notes)
The vision behind ‘Inspire>Aspire: Global Citizens in the Making’ is to encourage young people to think constructively about the future and their role in bringing it about within the context of the Commonwealth and its values. As Her Majesty the Queen said as far back as 1953, ‘The Commonwealth bears no resemblance to the empires of the past. It is an entirely new conception, built on the highest qualities of the spirit of man: friendship, loyalty and a desire for freedom and peace.’ In 2011, she commented further, that ‘the Commonwealth partnership of nations is always looking to the future, with a sense of camaraderie, warmth and mutual respect while still maintaining their individualism. The Commonwealth is a family of 54 nations, all with a common bond, shared beliefs, mutual values and goals.’ The Commonwealth values are reflected especially in the choice of inspirational figure as standing for freedom, equality, diversity and peace. In addition, the Arc of Destiny is a phrase originally used in a Commonwealth context to embody common aspirations.
It is also significant that 25% of Commonwealth citizens are under the age of 25.
Global Citizens in the Making is a project run by the educational charity Character Scotland. Character Scotland’s purpose is to support the development of children and young people’s character and values.
We want all children and young people in Scotland to develop as responsible, caring, ethical, successful and engaged global citizens: people who aim to HELP OTHERS, GET INVOLVED, DO THE RIGHT THING and DO THEIR BEST.
Our mission is to inspire others to share our vision for the cultivation of character and values in Scotland. By providing the necessary leadership and resources, we aim to inspire a national movement which will make this vision a reality.
The ‘Inspire>Aspire Programme’ is the flagship resource of the charity which aims to help us fulfil our Vision and Mission. The programme is an opportunity for pupils to reflect upon their own personal qualities, to explore and write about what inspires them and to articulate how they can draw on their qualities and inspiration to help realise their vision for a better world. This process is designed to encourage a global outlook and challenges pupils to imagine how their own qualities can make a difference.
Through the Inspire>Aspire program, Character Scotland have been fortunate enough to learn about the character and values of thousands of children and young people who have taken part and shared their stories. The charity’s Vision has, in turn, been inspired by these remarkable insights. We have a huge body of information telling us how the next generation wish to HELP OTHERS, GET INVOLVED, DO THE RIGHT THING AND DO THEIR BEST.
Our Mission is to support them to do just that. Please visit www.character-scotland.org.uk to find out more.