To celebrate the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Monday 20 November), Nord Anglia Education students raised their voices in solidarity with the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and told the world what needs to be done. We held a day of action on Friday 17 November to participate in the Nord Anglia ‘Chain of Young People’s Voices Around the World’.
The project aims to bring together our family of 46 schools from around the world by answering and posing questions linked to UNICEF’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). NACIS was tasked with answering the question, ‘How could you include others in your community to towards the SDGs?’ and finally we posed the question of ‘If you were to start your own country, how could you ensure gender equality from the start?’ to our counterparts in Jakarta, Thailand and Vietnam. In order to reach our family of schools and read other students’ responses and suggestions, we uploaded a video summary from NACIS Shanghai to Twitter.
On Friday 17 November, the students took over the school during the day and during House activities to collaborate over NACIS Shanghai’s answer to the question posed to us by our sister schools in Houston, Panama, Mexico and Chicago: ‘How could you include others in your community to towards the SDGs?’
Here is a summary of the student led activities from across Primary and Secondary:
In Primary, students:
- Learned about children's rights and the United Nations Convention on the rights of a child
- Took control of their own learning by planning their own lessons
In Lower Secondary, students:
- Learned more about human rights and the global goals
- Got to know the Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Designed campaigns to take action for child rights
In Upper Secondary, students really took over and held:
- A model United Nations event about Zero Hunger
- A gender equality challenge that saw boys and girls reflect upon equality
- Team physical challenges to work out what makes good partnerships
- Trading games to learn about economic realities and limitations
- Sustainability projects that turned plastic bottles into art
Check out the video showing the activities that took place around school.
Our team of student ambassadors did an exceptional job as workshop leaders on this day and demonstrated attributes of IB students!
Linking with the lead up to World Children’s Day was also the preparation of sending our Grade 9 ambassadors off on their outreach expedition to Tanzania. In this, our High school students acted as mentors in the preparation of this year’s Grade 9 trip. As well as offering advice and support, students have been able to pass on a valuable resource. Current Grade 10 students completed an English communications project that linked with their Tanzania expedition last year. In this multi-phase project requiring research, communication, collaboration and entrepreneurial skills, students created a series of podcasts documenting their Tanzania experiences, and also built an online website to host their podcast recordings. This is a wonderful example of 21st century English communication learning, and has created a legacy that can now be passed on to future Tanzania expedition participants. We hope you enjoy the recordings that give an insight into the experiences and reflections from last year’s Tanzania Expedition.
We look forward to continuing to share reflections and learning outcomes from these global initiatives as they unfold.