Education is at the heart of a good society. It must remain the responsibility of local authorities who can support schools working together as well as individually to meet the needs of Glasgow’s children and young people. Before and beyond school, education should be a right not a privilege. Greens councillors will:
- Fight to fund Local Authorities for more teachers and classroom assistants, replace staff who worked on sharing and developing good ideas between schools, and ensure one Janitor for every school.
- Support better staffing and more coherent support for children with additional support needs as well as for vulnerable and marginalised groups so that we can not only avoid discrimination but actively promote equality.
- Stand up for schooling that inspires young people, gives them practical life skills, relates to issues they face in their local communities, and builds understanding of real world challenges and opportunities.
- Commit to working across services to reduce the attainment gap, enhance the care experience for young people and help them with the transition to adult independence, increase free childcare provision, and harness professional expertise to ensure every child benefits from a high-quality pre-school education.
- Support lifelong learning in the city including digital learning, family learning, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Gaelic and other community-based adult learning programmes which support community involvement, enhance employability and promote health and well-being.
Culture and Sport Accessible to All
Our city has rich cultural, arts and sporting scenes- these are part of making Glasgow a great place to live, work, visit, learn and play. But it's essential that these opportunities are protected, and open for everyone to take part. Greens will:
- Open up creative, cultural and sporting opportunities for all. We'll work to remove barriers for marginalised groups to take part in the cultural and arts life of the city, and to keep access to museums free.
- Protect our cultural heritage and push for sustainable investment in sporting cultural venues and events, including at the grassroots.
- Love our libraries! Greens will push for sustainable investment to make libraries vibrant, creative community hubs, free to use and full of diverse learning opportunities for all citizens.
- Space for making: we'll push for vacant council-owned shop fronts to be available on short terms leases, and make it easier for creative pop ups to appear.
- Celebrate Glasgow’s growing cultural diversity and support opportunities to express it.
Empowering Young People
Young people's rights have been eroded by Westminster Tories, with no access to housing benefit and no living wage. In our city, young people are scapegoats for complex social problems; meanwhile youthwork budgets have been squeezed and young people's voices ignored in decision-making. Green councillors will stand up for Glasgow’s young people.
- Ensure that Glasgow's 144,000 young people are valued and heard. We will work alongside young people, pushing for meaningful youth involvement in decision-making structures across council services.
- Move council resources away from short term 'intervention' towards long term, sustainable, high-quality youth work. We'll work to create affordable, accessible places where young people can gather.
- Advocate for and improve support for young people's mental health.
- Support campaigns against exploitative employment and the injustice of zero hours employment for young people.
- Campaign for inclusive, consent-based sex education, and increased training for teachers to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.