Over the past two years two new programmes have been quietly taking shape that open up a space within Transition for children and young adults.
Called Schools in Transition and One Year in Transition, they are both blueprint programmes that can be replicated anywhere once their pilot phase has ironed out the wrinkles.
Both of them prepare young people to navigate a future through the challenges of moving towards a low-carbon way of living, the unpredictable impacts of climate change and the inevitability of economic contraction as we reach the limits of growth.
One Year in Transition (Next intake September 2014)
This is a skills-based learning journey for young adults of 20 years and upwards. We have places for 14 people, each of whom are given freedom to design their learning and heaps of support to make their projects fly.
Registration is now open for the course. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
This co-created programme offers four group meet-ups, Transition Training, personal mentors, group facilitation skills, tools for inner personal development, social enterprise know-how, Action Enquiry, skills-based work experience, an opportunity to design and lead on your own community project, and whatever else we collectively choose to make happen. It finishes the following July. Students are designated "partners" in the course, helping evolve it to the next level. The cost is £1500 for fees and tuition, and we keep additional costs for food and accommodation as low as possible.
Schools in Transition (pilot ends July 2014)
This is a programme for ages 5 to 18, with their teachers, parents and communities. We have together 7 very different schools: combinations of primary, secondary, state, private, inner city and rural that are trialling different approaches. Secondary schools have started with a residential weekend called Next Generation Leaders at Sharpham House in Devon for teachers and pupils. This is following up with a year of mentoring change. Primary schools are testing out a new food-web mapping kit that support the growing and eating of local food.
From mapping the life-support systems in the local watershed around wellbeing a school moves into building Transition–type relationships and partnerships that situate it at the centre of a web: an eco learning system for re-skilling and learning as collaborative enquiry. The school then looks outwards to identify interventions that it can make to boost local resilience. It could start an incredible edible project, lobby for a cycle route or develop a centre of training in the repair of mechanical and electrical equipment.