International schools are in a unique position to create culturally aware and globally-astute graduates. As someone who has lived abroad for over a decade and working as an international teacher, I wanted to understand how I could help students become future leaders to impact their communities in a positive way.
My curiosity ultimately led to the topic for my dissertation. I chose to focus on Nord Anglia’s Global Challenge which used the World’s Largest Lesson, an initiative co-led by UNICEF, which asks our students to engage with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the SDGs or the Global Goals. These are 17 goals that the United Nations has set forth in order to eradicate extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
In the coming year, I will undertake a project to see how teachers can best motivate students to work on the Global Goals. This summer, I had the privilege to see the leadership potential our students have in their efforts to transform the world when I chaperoned students from Nord Anglia’s European schools to the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York City.