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Students engage with Global Goals at the annual NAE-UNICEF Summit

Every Nord Anglia Education school inspires its students to get involved in activities that promote social good and help make the world a better place. This is done in part through activities around our exclusive partnership with UNICEF and tackling the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations on social and economic development issues.

As the flagship event, student ambassadors in Years 10-12 join the NAE-UNICEF Student Summit each year at the UN’s headquarters in New York City. At this year’s event in July, 87 students from across Nord Anglia’s 61 schools came together to discuss the important work being done to achieve the SDGs in their schools.

For Ilike Kumsova, a student at the Prague British International School, the Summit was her opportunity to speak directly to more than 2,000 delegates at the United Nations General Assembly about the importance of a quality education.

At the High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council — held in the iconic General Assembly Hall at the United Nations —Ilike took to the podium to share how her studies at a Nord Anglia school have truly moved her.  You can watch her speech here.

“It was there that I experienced open-mindedness,” she said, “and was encouraged to think about global issues, not just as unsolvable problems but things that I could personally change. It was then that I felt empowered by our curriculum.”

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“My education helped me understand how people can stand in solidarity to make a positive difference,” she added, emphasising how quality education that is accessible by all young people is the key to changing the world.

Ilike wasn’t alone in her call to action. She was joined by other Nord Anglia students, including Emil Robberstad from Nord Anglia’s school in Dubai, who spoke to the Assembly to advocate for nations to come together to realise peace and justice.

Eight other NAE students also participated in a panel debate at the High-level Political Forum, where they spoke about the steps taken to achieve the SDGs in their schools and how these goals tie into the arts and creative activities at school.

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Following the Forum, a Gala dinner was held at The Juilliard School to allow students to celebrate their accomplishments during the week. They were even given awards based on their efforts during the Model United Nations, which took place over two days at Nord Anglia International School New York at the start of the event.

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Following the event, the student ambassadors also spent time reflecting on what they learned from the event, what challenged them, and what they will do going forward once they are back at school.

Aaron Yong, a student Nord Anglia International School Pudong Shanghai, said, “For the betterment of our future, I will take action. Whether it is not using plastics straws or wasting food, I will take on the role of a young leader to motivate others around me for a good cause.”

Megan Fisher from the British International School of Washington, said, “At our school, we need to further emphasise the importance of the SDGs, with the focus on the reduction of paper used within our school and also attempt to instigate a successful recycling programme.”

Other students have committed to starting clubs at school around the SDGs to inspire younger students.

Congratulations to all our students who joined this year's NAE-UNICEF Student Summit. It's always inspirational seeing them sharing big ideas and discussing what can be done to make a positive difference in the world.

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