Pupils set for challenge

A COMPETITION to encourage young people to challenge society's values has been launched in Edinburgh schools.

The city's inaugural John Byrne Today's Values competition is funded by entrepreneur Andrew Paterson and aims to get young people to identify changes that they feel might be appropriate.

Participants across eleven schools will study a stimulus - the 1972 address given by UCS strike leader Jimmy Reid at Glasgow University - which has been chosen by the competition's judging panel.

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Pupils will research the address, consider the points and issues raised and develop a project based on it. City education leader Cllr Marilyne MacLaren said: "When pupils leave school things can seem very established and set but they should feel free to challenge the status quo as they see it and make their own impact.