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Are Clearances a thing of the past?

3rd February 2014

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Highland One World is to launch On the Land We Stand - a new online education resource with support from Highland Council schools.

Local teacher Catriona Willis has worked for over a year on this broad general education resource which is at global citizenship level 3 using her experience of working in developing countries to add relevance to the case studies.

Catriona says: The Highland Clearances stand out as a notorious episode in our history which changed the physical and social landscape of Scotland forever. Today, a similar scenario is happening in many parts of the world with an area of land the size of Loch Ness being sold off every four hours to governments, companies and foreign investors.

These land deals are taking place in countries with serious hunger problems. A new form of clearances is occurring at a scale and pace never seen before.

On the Land We Stand engages students with historical and contemporary land issues in Scotland and the wider world, and provides a basis for interdisciplinary learning through which the themes of power, rights, justice, sustainability and active citizenship can be explored.

On the Land We Stand aims to engage students with some of the land issues which have faced rural communities in our past and continue to face rural communities in the developing world today.

On the Land We Stand is being launched on Thursday, 6th February at 4.30pm at The Robertson Suite, Culloden Battlefield Centre, Inverness, IV2 5EU. All interested parties are welcome. To book a place contact: martynjcrawshaw[AT]gmail.com

Jim Steven, Highland Councils Head of Education said: Learning about the Highland Clearances is an essential part of the Curriculum For Excellence for Highland pupils. Its important that they understand the social history of the area that they are growing up in. We have worked closely with Highland One World to ensure that this new online resource is relevant, practical and helpful for the History curriculum and we are confident that our teachers and pupils will benefit from this additional learning tool.

For more information visit http://www.onthelandwestand.org.uk

Highland One World is the development education centre for the North of Scotland funded by Oxfam, Scottish Government and the Department for international development. Highland One World supports education for global citizenship in local schools.

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