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Wildlife Welcome Here

Posted on 24 January 2024
The entire Junior 1 year-group at Dollar Academy is taking part in a FIDA project this year, Wildlife Welcome Here. This term, they are learning about local species under threat, from beetles and bats to lichens and hedgehogs. Next term, they will develop their own ideas to protect particular species, working with the wider community…

Cabinet Secretary’s Advisers Meet With FIDA

Posted on 19 December 2023
We were pleased to welcome three of Jenny Gilruth MSP's senior advisers to Dollar at the beginning of December to learn more about FIDA. Jenny Gilruth is the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, and the visit followed the publication in June of both the Hayward Report, which made recommendations to ministers about the future…

The FIDA Sustainability Diploma

Posted on 19 December 2023
UPDATE 24/01/2024: The development of our new qualification – the FIDA Sustainability Diploma – is progressing at pace. We are pleased to share that Glasgow Clyde College will be our Credit Rating Body. They are now working closely with us to ensure that our Diploma meets the criteria to be credit-rated on the SCQF at…

FIDA Home Transformers Project

Posted on 22 November 2023
The FIDA Home Transformers Challenge, a project developed by Futures Institute at Dollar Academy (FIDA) in collaboration with the Sustainability team at Barratt Developments, challenged 34 pupils from four secondary schools across Clackmannanshire and Stirling to survey an 1860s cottage that is currently in a state of disrepair, and develop a plan to transform and…

Dollar Academy signs Memorandum of Understanding with The University of Stirling

Posted on 13 November 2023
Dollar Academy and The University of Stirling have joined forces to progress FIDA's pioneering approach to education in Scotland. Dollar Academy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement with the University of Stirling to formalise their shared commitment to furthering the vision and objectives of the Futures Institute at Dollar Academy (FIDA) and Scotland’s…

Wellbeing Hub Design Competition

Posted on 19 October 2023
Enter our latest competition! We’re delighted to be working with Clackmannanshire Council to launch a competition to design an outdoor space for the new Wellbeing Hub and Lochies School complex. It’s a fantastic opportunity to contribute your ideas for this major new centre that will offer accessible sport, health, learning and leisure facilities to people…

New Futures Institute building

Posted on 25 October 2022
 FIDA has always looked to bring young people together. As society looks beyond COVID, FIDA is planning to build a bespoke learning hub in central Scotland that welcomes pupils from across the country to work in new ways with experts from industry, universities and NGOs. Throughout the year, up to 50 young people each week…

A Tartan for Clackmannanshire

Posted on 20 September 2022
We’re delighted to be working with the Provost of Clackmannanshire, Councillor Donald Balsillie, to launch a competition for learners in S1-S6 to design the county’s first official tartan All the information you need to take part is on our FIDA online platform.  Taking part is simple and free of charge, and is open to learners…

‘See Me’ workshop in partnership with Scottish Ballet

Posted on 8 April 2022
On Wednesday 6th April, 12 primary school students from across Clackmannanshire and Stirling came together for a one-day workshop called See Me, presented by FIDA in partnership with Scottish Ballet and generously hosted by Alva Academy. The morning session involved developing short routines in different dance styles inspired by fascinating case studies from around the…

MIT Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge

Posted on 8 April 2022
FIDA is proud to have supported four teams to compete in the MIT Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge.  Solve is an initiative of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that seeks to solve global challenges of sustainability through engaging young people in social impact innovation projects.  They invited teams of young people to submit their ideas for…

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