- The Big Issue magazine has partnered with the Social Enterprise Academy to produce an exclusive edition, giving young people a platform to raise awareness of the big issues they care about.
- Pupils at 13 schools across Scotland will be selling the special edition in their local communities this week.
From today (Monday, 16th May) children from 13 schools across Scotland will try their hand at selling a special edition of The Big Issue magazine which has been created in partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy. The magazine will be sold by pupils from the participating schools across May and June and aims to champion the Social Enterprise Schools programme projects they have been working on over the last year.
The Big Issue (TBI) and the Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) have partnered for the fourth year in a row to produce the special edition of The Big Issue, involving primary and secondary pupils from across Scotland. The special, social enterprise-inspired supplement will run in all copies of The Big Issue from today (Monday 16th May), with additional copies being sold by young people in 13 schools that are featured in the special edition.
The Social Enterprise Schools programme, innovated in partnership with the Scottish Government in 2007, enables every young person to step up, realise their potential, and create the change they want to see in the world. Through the programme, the Social Enterprise Academy will provide young people from every school in Scotland the opportunity to run their own social enterprise by 2024.
Social Enterprise Schools has so far reached over 1,100 Scottish schools with international replications currently taking place in Australia, Egypt, England, Malaysia, and South Africa.
The aim is for pupils to play an active part in their communities whilst making social change happen in creative, energetic and inspiring ways. Each pupil involved has been thinking about the future, and what they can do to make it better for themselves and for everyone.
The Big Issue has worked with the Social Enterprise Academy for the past four years to create a ‘schools takeover edition’ of the magazine, which pupils sell in their schools to raise money to support their own school social enterprises, and community projects and charities in their wider communities.