100% Free Program

It Starts With You!

This 10-week course will bring the wonders of the natural world to the doorstep of every child on Earth.

A Unit of Work Produced from the Arctic

* This unit is open to anyone across the globe.

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Take a Journey With Upschool

To the Arctic Circle!

Experience the wonders of the Arctic up-close with Upschool! Enrol to discover the beauty and fragility of this incredible ecosystem with lessons, resources, and content that inspires. “It Starts With You!”

Alone we can change today, but together we can change forever!

‘If you cannot take the child to the world, then bring the world to them. Children need to be emotionally invested in a project if they are going to demonstrate the determination and perseverance to make a real and tangible difference in the way the world works, and throughout this 10-week course we aim to bring the wonders of the Arctic to the fingertips of every child on Earth.’

– Gavin McCormack

Main Objectives of the Course

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This course is heavily aligned with SDG’s #13 – Climate Action

Students will discover the connection between people and the planet and the impact that local choices have on a global scale. They will then work to influence their community to make meaningful changes to help build a better world for all.

History: Children will learn about the vital role nature plays in the lives of every human being on earth and the importance of not treating nature as a resource to be exploited, but as the greatest friend one could ever have. We will learn from those who have walked before us and follow in their footsteps.

Nature’s Balance: The children will understand the fine balancing act that nature plays in order to sustain all life on earth. The children will develop a sense of global responsibility for every action they take and see how choices they make at home have impacts far and away.

Tomorrow’s World: Each class will make a plan to change the way in which their community lives to make choices that not only preserve the natural world, but also make positive change in the future of all living organisms on earth.

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10-Week Overview

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Taking Action

The children will follow a set of tangible actions as prepared in alignment with the SDGs provided by the United Nations.

Alongside these set goals, the children will create and set their very own actions for the community to achieve. Each and every lesson will have a call to action where children will inspire their community to think about their actions and the impact that they have on the global ecosystem and the habitats of all animals and organisms.

The focus of the 10-week course will be on essential skills such as confidence, empowerment, voice, choice, and independence, alongside the overall goal of curbing the impact of climate change.

‘It Starts With You!’

Everything we do at Upschool:

Real-World Learning

We take 'real-world' to the next level by designing projects with 'real' outcomes.

Entrepreneurship With Purpose

We want to teach the entrepreneurs of tomorrow to operate with purpose and ethics.

Team Players & Collaborators

Our projects bring children, teachers and communities together to work towards a common goal.

Creativity & Problem Solving

We inspire creative thinking and dynamic problem solving. These are the skills for tomorrow.

Skill Based Learning

From graphic design & film making through to creative writing and storytelling (and everything in between)

“It has been a privilege for our children to be a part of the initial Upschool program focussing on creating a Changemaking Community.  Our students have been engaged from the outset, and we have seen a measurable improvement in not only their literacy skills but also in their empathy towards others and their understanding of how to connect to communities both locally and abroad. The resources that are provided are outstanding and have kept our students motivated towards their goals. 

It has transformed the way that we approach teaching within the school, giving our students an authentic purpose and opportunity to make a real world difference.

As a school we are committed to the work that Upschool is doing and are looking forward to our next work with them”
Daniel Frew (Principal, Lower Plenty Primary School, Melbourne)

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Some Common Questions

You probably have lots of questions!

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It’s 100% free – yes. Nothing to pay to be involved.

We have 5 year old children right through to adults participating. It’s differentiated and open to everyone. 

Either. Whole school engagement is the best way to have maximum impact, but it certainly can be done by one class or by one year level. You can even use it as an extension program for a small number of students too if that works for you.

No, not at all. Individuals (adults and children) can go through the course.