We are on a mission to power up the world’s Changemakers.
Our Dirt Is Good Project will help 10 million young people take positive action for a better world.
Join us in unleashing the potential of children to do good!
The Dirt Is Good Schools Programme enables young people to take action on the environmental and social causes they care about. It is built upon four key principles and a handbook has been designed using insights from the latest research into what motivates young people to take action.
There are two versions of the handbook available, one for 7-11 year olds and one for 11-14 year olds. The handbook provides step by step guidance on how to run the programme with supporting activities that you can do with your students. Sign up to access the handbook.
Once you’ve signed up, you can also access online versions of the handbook activities via Group Home. To gain access you will need to set up your first group (you will be able to update this and create more groups later). Watch this video to find out how to create a group. Through the Group Home, you can also assign Changemaker roles and share updates of your Dirt Is Good projects.
Download for all the information you need about the programme before you sign-up!
Collective action: bring together groups of young people to get stuck in on a project
- Student led: stimulate real, tangible action by young people on the issues they care about
- Quality resources: access to a range of quality resources for Key Stage 2 and 3, plus an online portal
- Improve well-being: support development and improve well-being in young people
- Make compassion the norm: help embed a culture of compassion, care and cooperation at your school
- Join a global movement: be part of a global movement reaching 10 million young people
The Dirt Is Good Project: Case Studies
The Dirt Is Good Schools Programme inspires and enables young people across the world to take action on the causes they care about. Below, you can find some examples of projects created by Changemakers in the UK.
BENFIELD HIGH SCHOOL, NEWCASTLE
A group of 12 & 13 year olds from Benfield High School in Newcastle, had the idea of growing fruit and vegetables to provide healthy options for use within school and to provide for people in the local community.
The project soon progressed as a way to reduce CO2 by reducing the transport miles of food, raising awareness of where food actually comes from and how it grows.
Gardening, tree planting and plant identification are just a few of the skills these young people developed. The biggest impact, however, was with the young people’s confidence and true friendships formed with others on the project.
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ormiston forge academy, birmingham
Young people at Ormiston Forge Academy split into three Dirt Is Good Groups to work on tackling litter, poor air quality in their school, and also mental heath and period poverty.
The first group felt inspired to be creative with litter, and turn it into something beautiful. These young people ran litter art workshops and hosted a final showcase to inspire others at their school in the hope of reducing litter in their local area - all while forming great friendships along the way!
Students worried that there were not many plants in or around their school and wanted to do something about this. These young people decided to write a letter to an office plant supplier who responded and offered to run a session for many students and provide some plants for the school. Over 40 teachers now have house plants in their rooms and are already feeling the benefits of better air quality and beautiful surroundings!
The final project group wanted to focus on more social issues, and were particularly keen to address mental health and period poverty in the school. They decided to order a range of sanitary products and organised with the school cleaning team to have these displayed for anyone in need to use in the school bathrooms. They also included items like deodorant so that everyone would benefit.
To tackle mental health, they decided to order a range of fidget toys, mindfulness colouring books and coloured pens and run a sale of these items. The money they raised was donated to the mental health charity ‘Mind’, which they chose so that their project would also benefit the mental health of others beyond their own school population.
foxhole primary school, cornwall
Year 5 students at Foxhole Primary School designed their own sustainability cycle to grow and sell food and flowers to their local community. Community members worked with the school, donating wooden pallets for the students to make into planters to grow their seedlings.
The students have also engaged with other year groups in their school, encouraging them to spend more time in this green space which is “beneficial for the neuro chemicals in their brain.”
Through this project, the children developed their knowledge of plants, furthered their understanding of where food comes from and used their creativity to use recycled plastics as a host for their seeds.