Over 100 primary school children from Glasgow & Perthshireâ€¯met and accompanied Little Amal to COP26.
Onâ€¯10thâ€¯November 2021, over 100 primary school children from Glasgow and Perthshireâ€¯met and accompaniedâ€¯Little Amalâ€¯on her journey through Glasgow to COP26.â€¯Drummers from the Ayawara West African Percussion and Dance Ensemble, led by Erick Valentin Mauricia accompanied Little Amal and the children as part of the event.
Little Amal, a 3.5m puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee, set off from Kingston Quay and was met by theâ€¯young peopleâ€¯carrying a flag that they had made for her. They then walkedâ€¯with herâ€¯along theâ€¯Clydesideâ€¯wearing individuallyâ€¯craftedâ€¯bannersâ€¯as capes. Adorned with their questions, theirâ€¯demandsâ€¯and their hopesâ€¯for COP26â€¯these capesâ€¯transformedâ€¯into aâ€¯collectiveâ€¯bannerâ€¯that filledâ€¯the walls atâ€¯Anderstonâ€¯Quay throughout theâ€¯day, before beingâ€¯displayedâ€¯at The Landing Hub, a special COP26 pop-up venueâ€¯untilâ€¯14th November.
Artists and community facilitators worked in residence withâ€¯sixâ€¯schools across Glasgow and Perthshire, sharing their skills and knowledgeâ€¯about climateâ€¯and migrantâ€¯justiceâ€¯through playful drama and visual arts workshops. In the weeks leading up to COP26,â€¯the pupils had been followingâ€¯Little Amalâ€™s journey and preparedâ€¯for this event responding to the cause of young people across the world who will experience forced migration due to the climateâ€¯emergency.â€‹â€¯Theâ€¯eventâ€¯wasâ€¯part art installation and part community action, that called upon Glasgowâ€™s rich history ofâ€¯climate occupations, migrant solidarity actions and youth movements.
At the end of the eventâ€¯each school plantedâ€¯seed pods in a special area atâ€¯Anderstonâ€¯Quay.â€¯A few weeks after the event the children will also plantâ€¯bulbsâ€¯orâ€¯saplingsâ€¯inâ€¯plantersâ€¯they have designed at each of the six schools. This youth action isâ€¯inspired byâ€¯the seedsâ€¯Little Amalâ€¯has carried with her from Syriaâ€¯andâ€¯the seeds she has collected along her journey. This isâ€¯a moment ofâ€¯collective and connected action, with eachâ€¯seedâ€¯representingâ€¯aâ€¯young personâ€¯whoâ€¯isâ€¯affectedâ€¯by climate chaos. This action also actsâ€¯as aâ€¯commitmentâ€¯from the young people to grow into agents of change, connected to the land and protective of the environment.
â€œMeeting Amal made me feel mighty because she is a puppet helping us all to team together to stop climate change.â€Â pupil from St Teresaâ€™s school, Glasgow
â€œI think the most important thing about this project will be the legacy. For our pupils in Highland Perthshire to have had the chance to meet Little Amal and to get to combine their voices with other young people has been incredibly powerful.â€Â Ciara Gibson Teacher at Grandtully
This climate justice arts project was produced and facilitated by three of Scotlandâ€™s major producing theatre companies.â€¯National Theatre of Scotlandâ€™s creative engagement teamâ€¯â€¯worked alongsideâ€¯Catrinâ€¯Evans, Head of Creative Learning for the Citizens Theatre,â€¯Victoriaâ€¯Beesley, Associate Director for Learning and Engagementâ€¯for Perth Theatreâ€¯andâ€¯artist/facilitators ZoÃ« Bullock,â€¯Camillaâ€¯Crosta, Aliceâ€¯Dansey-Wright,â€¯Francisco Llinas Casas, Paria Moazemi Goodarziâ€¯andâ€¯Tawona Sithole. The team worked withâ€¯pupils fromâ€¯St Teresaâ€™s Primary School, St Albertâ€™s Primary School, Blackfriars Primary School and Stâ€¯Josephâ€™sâ€¯Primary School in Glasgow andâ€¯Grandtullyâ€¯Primary School and Comrie Primary School in Perthshire.
(Top image: 3.5m puppet, Little Amal walking down a street flanked by onlookers.)
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