Scottish and African children get creative to show impact of oil industry on their daily lives

11 April 2014

The impact of the oil industry on the North-east of Scotland and Sub-Saharan Africa is the focus of a new exhibition, created by young people from the two regions, which opens at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow this weekend (Saturday 12 April).

Power Politics will showcase films, comics and images created by pupils aged 11-14 years-old from Graceland International School and Rumuomsi Community Secondary School, in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and Torry Academy and Robert Gordon's College in Aberdeen and Alford Academy, Ellon Academy, Portlethen Academy in Aberdeenshire.

The young people's work illustrates how the oil industry affects people in their daily lives in these two very different environments.

By working with students and teachers at schools in the two areas, the project which was organised by the Living Earth Foundation (LEF), has led to the development of new curriculum materials that address issues about oil and gas development; the predominant industry in the two regions.

LEF is an international not-for-profit organisation, which works with people to resolve their environmental and social concerns. It created the Power Politics project as a way of contributing to the European Commission's objective of raising awareness of global development issues, enhancing relations between the European Union and developing countries.

The foundation believes that many of the challenges society faces are of a global nature and will be most effectively addressed through understanding different view and perspectives, sharing ideas across cultures and learning from each other to develop a locally appropriate response.

Sarah Palmer, programme officer, Living Earth Foundation, said: "Pupils, teachers and community groups from Aberdeen and Nigeria have been at the heart of the Power Politics project, bringing to life challenging questions about living in a globalised world. Thanks to them, we have an exciting exhibition and learning materials, which we hope will inspire debate and discussion across the whole of Aberdeen City and Shire."

Fiona Mair, learning manager, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, said: "We are delighted to host this exhibition, which will offer new ways for our visitors to understand and interpret the oil industry and Aberdeen's role in it."

The exhibition runs until Saturday 07 June 2014.