NASUWT Annual Conference 2023 Challenge: Blog Index

To find out all about our challenge, scroll down or use the links below to take you to the section you are looking for.

1.  What is the NASUWT Annual Conference 2023 Challenge?

2.  Why Rwanda?

3.  What’s the ‘teaching’ twist?

4.  Aid for Education

5.  Our Fundraising Goal

6.  How to Register to Take Part in the NASUWT Annual Conference 2023 Challenge

7.  Adding Your Distances

8.  Donating Towards Our Fundraising Target


One of the things we really want to highlight at our conference this year is the importance of wellbeing and of being as active as possible.

As we’ll be in Glasgow, we’re joining forces with World Walking, a volunteer-led Scottish charity based in Inverclyde just 20 miles west of the SEC Glasgow, to run our very own conference walking event with a ‘teaching’ twist. 

Our goal - to walk/run 2,000 kilometres (just 3 million steps) around Scotland, ending up at our conference venue in Glasgow, using World Walking’s free platform to track our progress virtually online.

Spaces will be limited so please sign-up early to avoid disappointment.


Through our conference walking challenge we’ll be hoping to raise funds to help another Inverclyde-based charity, Aid for Education, which supports some of Rwanda's poorest children and their families who have no access to education, basic medical care or shelter.

Aid for Education was co-founded in 2010 by a teacher named Sarah Kakooza and her husband, Douglas. The main strand of their charity work is helping to ensure the children of Rwanda have access to education so they can achieve their potential and have hope for the future.

In 2017 Aid for Education began building Tubarere Nursery and Primary School in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. The school provides education to 268 pupils, from nursery children from age 3 up to primary five, and employs 11 teachers and 2 classroom assistants.

The charity hopes to build two additional classrooms to enable them to accommodate 60 more children at the school and expand their teaching to include primary 6 which is the final year of primary education in Rwanda. The cost of building the two classrooms is approximately £11,000. 

Given Sarah's teaching background and their charity's focus on education, we were thinking how wonderful it would be if, through our annual conference, teachers from across the UK could help raise some money towards the cost of building these two classrooms to help change the lives of some of Rwanda's poorest children. 


Aid for Education is a small, volunteer-led local charity based in Inverclyde, Scotland. 

Founded in 2010, Aid for Education helps transform the lives of impoverished children and communities in Eastern Rwanda. With limited resources, this inspirational charity has:

  • Built Tubarere Nursery and Primary School since 2017 which now provides education to over 260 children;

  • Set up a farming cooperative to provide women with the opportunity to earn money to look after their families and take on leadership roles and make decisions over the profits generated from their collective agriculture efforts; and

  • Established a microfinance initiative, targeted to women who have no income, to provide a sustainable way of helping families earn some money and reduce poverty in the community. 


Our goal is simply to raise some money to help Aid for Education build two new classrooms at their school in Rwanda. The more money we can raise the sooner the construction of the new classrooms can begin.

To take part in our challenge, you first need to create your World Walking account at worldwalking.org.

Once you have done that click on the My Groups on the top menu bar on your World Walking dashboard (the homepage for your account) and use the Search Group button to find the NASUWT walking group which has been created specifically for our conference. To find it enter NASUWT in the search box. 

Once you have found the NASUWT group, click the Join this group button.

Finally, you need to join the group’s walk. Click on My Walks on the top menu bar. On the next screen you will see that the NASUWT group walk is available for you to join. Click on the walk and then click the Join Now button.

That’s you all ready to go. You can start adding your steps now.


With World Walking you can add the steps or distance you walk manually or you can automatically track your progress using your Fitbit, Apple Health and Google Fit. You can also use its integrated apps which use GPS. To find out more about getting started or syncing check out the relevant segments of World Walking’s Help Section.

As you track your activity, the NASUWT group will progress along the virtual route to Rwanda. The map will show where the group has reached along the route.

You can add distance in steps or miles or kilometres. World Walking handles all the conversions. 

‘Steps’ is the default setting but you can change this if you will normally be entering your distance in miles or kilometres by following the guidance in this Help article: https://worldwalking.org/help/article/9403/set-your-default-unit-of-distance

With World Walking you add your distance to your ‘bank’ and then ‘spend’ the ‘banked’ distance on your walk. 

Tip:

If you are adding distance manually, please take care that you are banking the correct distance and always double-check before you ‘spend’ any ‘banked’ distance to make sure it is the correct figure. If it isn’t and you spend the distance on your group walk you cannot correct it and the walk may be spoiled for everyone.

If, however, you spot your mistake before you ‘spend’ the distance on your walk, you can ‘un-do’ the steps from your bank by following the guidance in this Help article: https://worldwalking.org/help/article/1822/how-do-i-delete-distance-from-my-bank


To donate to Aid for Education, please click here. This link will take you to the fundraising page which has been set up for our challenge on World Walking. 

Your donation will be sent directly to Aid for Education. 

If you are a UK taxpayer you can Gift Aid your donation which means that for every pound you give, the charity can claim an extra 25 pence from HMRC, helping your donation go further.

The URL for our fundraising page is https://worldwalking.org/fundraising/ms80e Please share this link with your friends. 

International Women’s Day 

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women which is celebrated annually on 8 March.

The campaign theme of International Women’s Day 2023 is #EmbraceEquity.


Inverclyde's International Women's Day Challenge 2023

We’re planning on getting 2023 off on the right-foot with a step count challenge to mark International Women’s Day and what a challenge it is! 

Our goal - to walk/run over 6,000 miles in 60 days from Inverclyde to Rwanda in east-central Africa, starting on 8 January and ending on International Women’s Day on 8 March 2023. We’ll be tracking our progress virtually online.

Through our challenge, we plan to celebrate International Women’s Day 2023 in a practical way by raising funds to support Greenock-based charity, Aid for Education, which helps some of Rwanda's poorest children and their families who have no access to education, basic medical care or shelter.

100% of all donations will be used to help women in east Rwanda earn some money to support their families through Aid for Education’s microfinance project which began in 2018 by giving interest free loans to 39 women to help them start businesses. Once a business turns a profit and the women are earning to provide for their families, they pay back the loans and the money is then redistributed to help other women in the community. Many of the women have paid back their loans and this year 24 other women have been given the opportunity to start their own small businesses.

Each £100 we raise will allow Aid for Education to help another woman start up her own business and help reduce poverty in the community. 

To have a chance of reaching Rwanda in time for International Women’s Day we’ll need to gather together a team of 50. If you’d like to take part, or make a donation, we’d love to hear from you. Just email [email protected] and we’ll get back to you right away.

Aid for Education is a small, volunteer-led local charity based in Inverclyde, Scotland. 

Founded in 2010, Aid for Education helps transform the lives of impoverished children and communities in Eastern Rwanda. With limited resources, this inspirational charity has:

  • Built Tubarere Nursery and Primary School since 2017 which now provides education to over 260 children;

  • Set up a farming cooperative to provide women with the opportunity to earn money to look after their families and take on leadership roles and make decisions over the profits generated from their collective agriculture efforts; and

  • Established a microfinance initiative, targeted to women who have no income, to provide a sustainable way of helping families earn some money and reduce poverty in the community. 

Our Fundraising Goal

Our goal is to raise £3,000 for Aid for Education’s microfinance project. 

Every £100 raised will help train, support and fund one woman to set up her own business, gain some financial independence which will help her send her children to school, and so, have a positive impact on the next generation too.

How to Register to Take Part

Signing up to take part is easy. Simply go to iwd.bigteamchallenge.com to register or scan this QR code:

Once you have registered you will automatically be added to our team ready for the challenge to start.

Once the Challenge Starts: Adding Your Distances

Once the challenge starts on 8 January 2023, you can add the distances you walk or run manually or you can automatically track your progress using your Fitbit,Garmin, Apple Health and Google Fit (both of these are available via the Big Team Challenge app). Doing so means your activity will sync every time you open the app, so make sure you do that every day or so.

If you wish to use Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Health or Google Fit it’s a good idea to connect your device before the challenge begins so you can hit the ground running.

You can find out how to sync your device and track your steps by clicking here.

Mobile Apps

The Big Team Challenge app is available for iPhone and Android. Simply use the challenge address iwd.bigteamchallenge.com when prompted on the first screen.

During the Challenge

Once the challenge begins, it’s time to start tracking your activity. 

You can start inputting your distances from 9.00 A.M. on Monday 8 January 2023.

As you track your activity, your team will progress along the virtual route to Rwanda. The map will show where we have reached along the route.

Donating Towards Our Fundraising Target

To donate to Aid for Education, please click here. This link will take you to the fundraising page which has been set up for our challenge on World Walking which Aid for Education has successfully fundraised before. 

Your donation will be sent directly to Aid for Education. 

If you are a UK taxpayer you can Gift Aid your donation which means that for every pound you give, the charity can claim an extra 25 pence from HMRC, helping your donation go further.

The URL for our fundraising page is https://worldwalking.org/fundraising/fuvr0  Please share this link with your friends. 

Happy New Year everyone. We hope 2023 is a joyous, healthy and peaceful year for you all.

Thanks to everyone who used World Walking last year and to our generous donors who helped keep us going in 2022.





Seven years ago, on 16 September 2015 to be precise, we wrote to the then Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport at the Scottish Government to tell her about our bespoke World Walking website/app which we had created to help motivate people to walk more and of our dream of seeing its users walk 50 million miles to Mars. 

We are sure the Cabinet Secretary thought us quite mad and we wouldn’t have blamed her. When we wrote to her, only 6,900 people had found World Walking on the internet. The ‘global’ steps tally on our home page, stood at 2.6 billion which, in World Walking terms, was about 1.1 million miles. Aiming for Mars seemed like a gigantic leap of faith but we were inspired by the words of Britain’s first astronaut, Dr Helen Sharman, who told us to “Aim high. Land Softly.” .

Seven years on, we are delighted to tell you that World Walking ‘landed softly’ on Mars on 22 December 2022. 

Lift Off

World Walking was launched on 1 October 2013. It is free to use by anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Our simple and fun approach motivates people to keep active by allowing them to use the steps they walk everyday to complete virtual walks to some of the best places on Earth, many of which are, of course, in Scotland. 

World Walking was inspired by the Inverclyde Globetrotters, a gym-based Phase IV cardiac rehabilitation class based at Inverclyde Leisure’s Waterfront Complex in Greenock. 

In February 2008, with only a map, a box of pedometers, a sense of adventure and a skip in their step, the Inverclyde Globetrotters set off to walk round the world in support of the 2008 Scottish campaign to highlight the importance and benefits of cardiac rehabilitation. It was their way of saying ‘Thank You’ to the NHS.

[Little did the Inverclyde Globetrotters know when they took their first steps that 238,855 miles and 11 years, 3 months and 10 days later that their ‘travels’ would see them touching down on the Moon on 14 May 2019 in nice time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 Moonwalk in 1969.] 

Our Journey

World Walking’s journey to Mars has taken us only 3,370 days (9 years, 2 months and 22 days) to complete and it has been a lot of fun. Over the years we have met many interesting and kind-hearted people who have encouraged us to keep going and shared with us their stories of how they have used World Walking.

Along our long journey, World Walking has:

  • Attracted users in over 100 countries and in all 50 U.S. states, including  individuals, families, the NHS, community groups, schools, colleges, universities, churches, charities and workplaces; and
  • Helped raise more money for charity than it cost to develop it. 

With Grateful Thanks

World Walking would never have got off the ground, never mind been able to sustain its almost decade-long, zero-carbon mission, without:

  • Our amazing online community of world walkers. 

Some activity facts and figures:

Distance Walked

50 million miles (117.3 billion steps)

Average Distance Walked Per Day

14,836 miles (34.8 million steps)

Number of Virtual Walks Completed

69,190

World Walking User Accounts Created

193,430

Average Number of New Users Per Day          

57

  • The talented and kind-hearted Glasgow-based digital design team of David Rushton (Web Developer), Chris Baldie (Graphic Designer), Michael Park (iOS Developer) and Fergus Howe (Android Developer) at Papertank Ltd./Team Challenge Apps. Ltd. who brought an idea to life in the most wonderful way. Finding them was our luckiest break and changed everything.

Some recent technical facts and figures:

Lines of Code Written for Our Bespoke System          

78,740

Database Size

49 GB

Number of Distances Added To Virtual Walks

4.15 million

Number of Sync Jobs from Fitbit

319 million

iOS App Downloads

104,000

In the Last 30 Days:

  • Unique Visitors to World Walking

72,700

  • Web Requests

9.28 million

  • Data Served

154 GB

  • The much appreciated donations from individual supporters and the support we have received locally through CVS Inverclyde, the Inverclyde Community Fund, the Inverclyde Health & Social Care Partnership and, most especially, Inverclyde Council whose grants which have, quite simply, enabled our little charity to keep going. 

Some financial facts and figures:

Total Cost of World Walking 2013-22:

£92,560

  • Non-Recurring Development Costs       

£66,160

  • Revenue Costs

£26,400

Average Total Cost Per Year

£10,000

Average Revenue Cost Per Year

£2,850

Average Total Cost Per Day

£27.30

Average Revenue Cost Per Day

£7.80

Average Total Cost Per 1,000 Miles

£1.85

Source of Funding:

  • Grants

66%

  • Donations

34%

We will be changing course in 2023. It turns out that the average distance between Earth and Mercury is only 56.9 million miles so we thought we might as well swing by since we’re in the neighbourhood.

World Walking came about simply because a small group of people with heart health issues went for a walk and that is what is great about walking; you don’t always know where you’ll end up, what you’ll find round the next bend or who you’ll meet along the way but one thing is for sure, you’ll feel the better for it

Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.

Duncan

Founder - World Walking

Kids Club Kampala's 'Miles in Their Shoes 2022 challenge'! 

We are a small international development charity working in Uganda. Our mission is to support vulnerable kids in Uganda in their immidiate needs and stregnthening their futures! Over the past 3 years, with the support of Duncan and World Walking, a total of 12 teams have headed off on a virtual adventure to fundraise for Kids Club Kampala. 

This year, teams and individuals walked, ran, cycled and swam to raise money for Kids Club Kampala’s Feeding Futures campaign, supporting families within Kampala’s slum communities with healthy, nutritious meals through Uganda’s current cost of living crisis. 

Food prices in Uganda have increased by 400% over the past 2 years. In 2020, we could feed a child a hot, nutritious meal for 20p, now that very same meal costs £1. For families already living on the poverty line, this is having devastating consequences. As food prices continue to rise in Uganda, as is the number of children facing malnourishment and starvation. 7.2 million people in East Africa are at risk of starvation and 12.8 million children are acutely malnourished. Our Feeding Futures appeal is supporting families in our communities with vital food parcels through this crisis. 

A total of 49 people in 5 teams got involved in the Miles in Their Shoes 2022 challenge and raised an amazing £5,148 for our Feeding Futures appeal. Each individual had a personal fundraising target of £128, the cost of a monthly family food parcel in Kampala’s slum communities. The £5,148 raised by Miles in Their Shoes 2022 could provide 160 family food parcels, each containing 75 meals, totalling an amazing 12,065 meals! 

This fundraising challenge helped supporters to gain a greater understanding of what life is like for children who live in the slums of Kampala, the barriers they face, and how Kids Club Kampala are helping to remove those barriers and create sustainable, systematic change. 

This was the third year of the Miles in Their Shoes challenge. In previous years the route has been from Birmingham to Uganda. This year, with the help of the World Walking team, we managed to plan a route around Uganda, celebrating Ugandan culture and exploring its natural beauty. 

To help motivate the supporters, Kids Club Kampala and the World Walking team found 10 different checkpoints along the route to highlight their achievements so far and discuss one of the projects in Kampala. The route around Uganda, starting and finishing in Kampala, was a total distance 1,148 miles. Our supporters visited the natural wonders of the Ssippi Falls, and the bustling cities of Gulu and Jinja. 

At the end of the 9 weeks, supporters were invited to attend the ‘Finish Line Party’, where they celebrated their achievements and found out the grand total raised from their hard work. Prizes were also awarded to the person who raised the most money and the person who took the best photo along the route. 

Advice from the World Walking team proved invaluable when planning the route around Uganda and selecting the different checkpoints. We would like to say a HUGE thank you to them! Their easy to use app allowed our fundraisers to connect with the Kids Club Kampala mission and raise money for families in need in Uganda. 

THANK YOU WORLD WALKING! 

If you would like to be involved in next years Miles in Their Shoes challenge make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter! Sign up here: www.kidsclubkampala.org/newsletter

Jessica Cole

Fundraising Manager - Kids Club Kampala