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Everyday Sexism Project – School Library Improvement Funding – 19 December 2019

Schools across Scotland have received a cash boost from the SLIC School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF) totalling £272,000. Thirty-four projects will share the funding which is designed to support creative and innovative projects within school libraries.

The Moray Council’s Elgin Academy S6 Everyday Sexism Group is a recipient of this funding.

https://scottishlibraries.org/about-us/news/funding-boost-for-school-libraries/

The national funding programme is administered by SLIC on behalf of the Scottish Government. Secondary, primary and nursery schools at 21 local authorities have been successful with the fund which supports activities which meet key education priorities, including literacy development, information and digital learning and health and wellbeing.

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All projects were assessed to meet the aims of Scotland’s national school library strategy, Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools. Projects include activity to promote reading for pleasure; storytelling sessions; partnerships with local public libraries and the National Union of Journalists to produce school and community newspapers; promotion of positive mental health; book clubs for parents and pupils; and using digital technology to overcome dyslexia and other reading difficulties.

Moray: Raising Awareness of Everyday Sexism

Elgin Academy

Award: £3000

This ground-breaking project will raise awareness on a subject which is rarely talked about, creating a safe space for students to open up about experiences. Small focus groups and school assemblies with special speakers will help students fell more comfortable talking about sexism while organisations such as Engender will provide resources and further advice.

The initiative, which is project managed by S6 pupils, covers strategic aims 1, 2 and 4 of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools.