SiS Catalyst was a 4 year, European Commision funded Mobilising Mutual Learning Action Plan, which was active from 1st January 2011 until 31st December 2014.

SiS Catalyst was an initiative to foster and support ethical, effective and sustainable engagement between children aged 7-14 years and the social, cultural, political, scientific and educational institutions which make the decisions that will shape their futures.

We believe that enhanced interaction will benefit both children and institutions through exchange of views and improved mutual understanding.

While seeking to empower children everywhere and influence all kinds of institutions to engage with them, the initiative had a particular focus on strengthening relationships between post-secondary education institutions and the children who, despite ability, currently appear unlikely to enter them. 

Based in Europe, SiS Catalyst involved people and institutions from other regions of the globe and drew on many different sources of ideas, energy and wisdom.

The SiS Catalyst community included government and non-government educational, cultural and scientific institutions and organisations, expert advisors and other individuals and groups who shared a vision. It was coordinated through the University of Liverpool, U.K.

SiS Catalyst's aims were as follows:

  • To explore and identify the best ways to involve children (aged 7-18) in the social, cultural, political, educational and scientific decision-making processes that will affect their futures
  • To support and guide institutions and people new to working with children through training, exchange of best practices and mentoring
  • To mobilise mutual learning among stakeholders at different levels and from different sectors, regions and countries
  • To encourage institutions to empower children and instil early positive attitudes to learning through activities such as ‘Children’s Universities’
  • To provide a blueprint of activities for engaging, inspiring and motivating children with ability who appear unlikely to progress to post-secondary education
  • To enrich lifelong learning and social inclusion through the next generation of learners.