Search is on for young reporters

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An international programme for young journalists is coming to Ayrshire for the first time.

Young Reporters for the Environment, which is being run in Scotland by the independent environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, is aimed at young people aged between 11 and 21, and encourages them to investigate and report on issues around the environment.

Young reporters whose school or college applies to be part of the programme will be encouraged to investigate environmental issues, propose solutions and then publish a report, which may be traditional print journalism, photographic or video journalism.

Young Reporters for the Environment is linked closely to Eco-Schools, the programme designed to encourage whole-school action on sustainable development education issues, which is also run by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Dugald MacGilp, Development Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:“This is a fantastic new programme which will achieve the dual goals of raising environmental awareness and helping young people in Ayrshire develop a range of life skills.

“At Keep Scotland Beautiful, we’re very excited to be delivering this programme, which is going to complement our Eco-Schools programme, which is strong here in Ayrshire with 250 schools involved.

“We’d encourage local secondary schools throughout Ayrshire to participate in Young Reporters – it’s going to be very rewarding.”

There are 250 Eco-Schools in Ayrshire and almost 100 fly the prestigious Green Flag.