A selection of creative children, who demonstrated their interest and awareness of the environment and related issues, are being celebrated in the city this week by having their decorated desk globes displayed in the store windows of Selfridges Birmingham.

With a theme of ‘Fashioning A Brighter Future’, youngsters from primary schools across Birmingham and Staffordshire were invited to explore what sustainability means, by decorating white paper desk globes to represent the earth.

Team members from the iconic store worked alongside the Ahead Partnership’s ‘Make The Grade’ programme, and visited 10 schools over a fortnight to give them the globes, tell them about the project and get them thinking creatively about the environment.

Pupils in years 5 and 6 were challenged to decorate their globes without spending any money on the project and to use sustainable or recycled materials, such as paper, cardboard, wood, cork, straw and tissue.

After two weeks of hard work, the globes were then collected and have now gone on display in the store for shoppers to enjoy, and for customers to understand the importance of sustainability and how this impacts our daily lives.

Adam Hockney, general manager of Selfridges Birmingham, said: “The desk globes have only been showcased in the windows for a few days and they already are getting noticed by our shoppers. They have generated hundreds of comments about so far which is amazing. It’s really special for us to be able to engage with the community, and in particular schoolchildren, as they are our future. We have been thrilled with the outcome and how hard they worked on the globes. There are so many different interpretations of the theme and they are well worth a look.

“It’s been an honour too for us to work alongside the Ahead Partnership team as they have really helped us inspire the children through this exciting project and make more connections within the community” he added.

Ahead Partnership’s aim is to create  long term partnerships between businesses and education to help equip young people with the skills they need to prepare for the world of work through inspirational activities.

The ‘Fashioning A Brighter Future’ project has been designed to encourage teamwork with pupils discussing their projects, communication, creativity and increase the understanding of the concept of sustainability and associated issues.

“It is has been great working with Selfridges and the primary schools on this sustainability project  as part of Make the Grade Birmingham and you can see from the globes on display in the store that is has inspired the children,” said Julian Buttery, Development Director at Ahead Partnership.

Dr Daryl Brown, headteacher of Maple Hayes Dyslexia School in Lichfield, which took part in the event, said: “The children loved the challenge of creating the globes and were very excited to come along to the store to see their work in the windows.”

Schools taking part included:

Ark Chamberlain Primary Academy, Oldknow Road, Birmingham

Lea Forest Primary Academy in Hurstcroft Road, Birmingham,

Heath Mount Primary School in Knutsford Street, Balsall Heath

Ark Rose Primary Academy in Tees Grove, Birmingham

Summerfield Primary School, Cuthbert Road, Winson Green

Maple Hayes Dyslexia School, Lichfield

Rosary Catholic Primary School, Bridge Road, Birmingham

Nansen Primary School, Naseby Alum Rock

Shaw Hill Primary School, Anthony Road, Birmingham

Moseley Church of England Primary School, Oxford Road, Birmingham

Children and teachers from the schools met this week to see their globes in the windows and were treated to a special celebratory breakfast.

The winning globe was judged by the High Sheriff of the West Midlands and the winning design from Nansen Primary School was announced, with the two runners-up being Rosary Catholic Primary School and Summerfield Primary School. These will appear in an exhibition at the Birmingham Art Museum in spring.

PR by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham