Global Learning London

Start the Change

HEC Global Learning Centre is part of the EU-funded Start the Change project. In collaboration with partners from Croatia, Slovenia and Italy, we will be working with teachers and school students to develop an active citizenship model that enables young people to take informed action to enable safer communities.

We will support these young people to grow into critical thinkers with an awareness of global issues, developing their capacity to make informed decisions and take positive action.

Schools participating in this project can highlight it as an active response to the Prevent requirement and up to £2000 of support is available for each participating school.

Why is Start The Change important?

Teachers have always known the power of youth as a force for positive action in society. However, young people’s sense of agency in their community is often linked to their understandings of identity and belonging. As educators, it is important that we understand the challenges that young people face and encourage them to explore the complex themes and debates that take place in both their local and global communities.

Start The Change will not only provide a platform for young people to have a voice in this wider debate, but will support teachers to work with young people to create safe spaces in schools for discussion and nurture the active citizenship of students.

What will the project aim to achieve?



Start The Change aims to promote understanding and ownership of democratic values and fundamental rights through the core project elements of research, resource production, teacher training and the promotion of a model of active citizenship for young people.


Research:  The project will conduct research into the understanding and concerns of young people in relation to extremism, allowing project partners to collate and synthesise these findings to inform practitioners and policy makers at a European and national level.

Teacher training and resources:  Based on the research findings, the project will create educational resources and professional development programmes for teachers to support them in creating safe spaces for discussion, handling conflicts, dealing with diversity and encouraging their students to actively participate in social and civic life.

Active Citizenship:  Ultimately, the project will develop an active citizenship model that will enable young people to take informed action to develop safe spaces, have agency at a community level and promote peace. It will support the young people participating in the project to develop into critical thinkers with an awareness of global issues, developing their capacity to make informed decisions and take action.

We are working with 5 schools across London:

East London Arts and Music – ‘Think before you Speak’ – Controversial Podcasts!
Barking Abbey School – Art through the Global Goals
St Luke’s – Interfaith Understanding
Virginia Primary – Identity and Global Citizenship
Sir John Cass – Gender Equality