We believe that a world-class education about our changing world is a right for every child

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Digital Explorer is on a mission to provide a world-class global citizenship education for young people, because the way we behave today will affect their future. We do this by creating unique collaborations between explorers, scientists, teachers and pupils. Our world is changing faster than ever and we believe that the next generation deserves a well-rounded understanding of these changes.

Linking frontiers of knowledge with schools, Digital Explorer brings real science and exploration live to the classroom through:

  • engaging curriculum-based resources for use inside and outside the classroom
  • live events with explorers and scientists from field research
  • inspiring youth expeditions, which are curriculum-linked and facilitate peer-to-peer learning
  • in-field education support for research, scientific and exploratory expeditions
  • practical training sessions for teachers and educators led by leaders in appropriate fields

The result is innovative real-world learning like never before – where a journey of a few can become a gateway for learning and understanding for many. From climate change to conflict resolution, current global topics are explored through experiential and face-to-face learning, providing pupils and teachers the opportunity to share the great wide world in a ‘real’ and inherently cross-curricular manner.

Our partners include household names such as XL Catlin, Google, the Met Office, HSBC, the British Council, the Royal Geographical Society, UNRWA, UNESCO, as well as governments in the UK and overseas, and individual expeditions.

Our achievements include:

  • First remote satellite broadcasts from a UK youth expedition back to the classroom
  • Live educational expeditions from 5 continents and the Arctic with a combined international audience of over 2 million students
  • Over 4,000 schools worldwide registered on our website to use Digital Explorer resources
  • Winner of Royal Geographical Society Innovative Geography Teaching Award
  • Digital Explorer founder, Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop received the Royal Geographical Society Geographic Award for ‘supporting school students in learning from and being inspired by expeditions’
  • Coordinating Ocean Literacy UK alongside ocean scientists and educators who successfully campaigned to include marine science in the UK National Curriculum
  • Chaired sessions and spoken at international conferences on education, exploration and technologies including at Royal Geographical Society and BETT

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