Young reporter feeds back on mission to Portugal

Our last quarterly Young Reporter winner Jasmine Lawrie, 17, from Kilmarnock was selected to attend a Young Reporters for the Environment mission in Portugal in March. Here she reports back on her experience.

A Scottish lass in Portugal; My First YRE Mission Experience

When an exciting opportunity lands on your doorstep, you’ve got to grab it with both hands. That’s exactly what I did when I got the chance to fly over to Portugal for the weekend to participate in a YRE (Young Reporters for the Environment) Mission about ESD (Education for Sustainable Development). On the 6 February, I received the exciting news that I had been selected to participate in the Mission, all thanks to Heather from Keep Scotland Beautiful for putting me forward.

From the 15 until the 19 March, I flew over to Lisbon to meet with over 40 other enthusiastic individuals from over 20 countries to participate in a workshop. I was the only Scottish representative there, not to mention the only person from Britain also. I was full of adrenaline and excitement flying over to Lisbon, I was ecstatic; I couldn’t wait to finally get to meet everyone!

I would be lying if I didn’t say I am gutted to be home. It was a weekend full of valuable knowledge whereby I gained new skills and I really benefitted from attending the workshop. Powerpoints were delivered to us in an energetic and exciting manner which encouraged discussion and engagement. Topics discussed included “System Thinking”, “Leadership”, “Conflict Transformation” and a whole load more – the word educational doesn’t quite cover how much we learnt and discussed.

I returned home with a new set of skills and the confidence to host my own ESD workshop. The experience was a positive one which I know I won’t forget anytime soon. Not only was the workshop enjoyable in the sense of our agenda, but also the people whom I met are some of the most incredible individuals and I’m so grateful to have collaborated with such creative and talented young people.

This may have been my first YRE Mission, but I can already tell it won’t be the end of the road. I sincerely enjoyed every moment and I didn’t want to leave. Not only have I gained a lot educational wise, but I’ve made multiple memories which I will cherish for years. In the words of Margarida, once a YRE, always a YRE.

Our Young Reporters Scotland programme is part of the international Young Reporters for the Environment programme, which runs in 34 countries around the world.  It is coordinated internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education. The programme inspires young people to increase knowledge and awareness of an economically, socially and environmentally just world.   Jasmine won the Scottish quarterly competition in recognition of her creative talents and investigative journalism skills and was presented an award earlier this year.


27 March 2018


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