Hello! My name is Mollie McGoran, I’m 15 years old and I’m from the Highlands. I have been passionate about education and helping others my whole life which is why I have become an education leader for the Year of Young People.
In this role I have been able to participate in opportunities designed to improve aspects of our education system, but there is always more we can do to better the lives of the youth in Scotland.
I was lucky enough to have been a judge for the Education Awards with Education Scotland where I was able to see the ground-breaking work done in schools, nurseries and community groups across the country. It filled me with hope that these amazing young people would be shaping Scotland’s future and I would get to be a part of it.
Scotland is thriving, and we need to make sure it stays that way for the next generation and the generation after that.
To improve upon our education system, we must first look at how it affects the young people, and from my experience, on size does not fit all. For example, one of my friends is a very creative person but she doesn’t do too well academically. The school environment has left her feeling isolated and unable to flourish, this is probably the case for many children and young people across the country.
Just yesterday, I heard a teacher trying to push a girl into staying at school rather than discussing her options and listening to her opinions. Both of these examples can seriously affect a young person’s mental health and their likelihood of developing their education further. My little anecdotes have a point: if we focus more on the individual when it comes to school then we will be able to appease the masses.
As a student in Scotland and a YoYP education leader I can safely say that our schools and teachers are special and are of a high standard. Our efforts have put together an impressive system to educate children and young people, and even though there are some faults, it’s successful in giving young people skills and qualifications they couldn’t get anywhere else.