Shining examples from our schools
The central pillar in addressing global citizenship is what happens every day in our schools, through the curriculum and co-curricular programmes. The following are just a few examples.
Students often learn about global issues through activism and advocacy at a local level. They are provided great opportunities for this, such as joining Model United Nations, or by active participation in their communities. These issues often ignite our students’ determination to pursue development work in their future careers, such as our students who are passionate about working with migrant populations in central Europe, the Far East and America.
At La Côte International School, students work with a charity that provides aid to refugees at the point of crisis. In exchange, students take part in refugee simulation activities with the organisation to broaden their perspectives. Regents International School Pattaya focuses on relief efforts by requiring every student to be heavily involved in frequent service projects each week. BIS Bratislava has recognised the complementary role of content and skills in developing global citizenship; studying law, culture and religion so that students can understand why things happen as they do in different places.
All our schools focus on actively learning about and addressing issues such as poverty, conflict, the environment, discrimination and differing lifestyles through our Personal, Social and Health Education programmes.
Our collaboration with UNICEF
Through our collaboration with UNICEF, we provide all students with a unique opportunity to look at effective and sustainable solutions to global problems. The annual Global Challenge across all our schools tasks students with spearheading initiatives to address the Sustainable Development Goals.
This year, our students are focusing on goal 4 and goal 16, which cover issues of quality education and justice. We can’t wait to see how our students will engage with these goals in their individual school communities. Through our approach to global citizenship and our collaboration with UNICEF, our students are empowered to change the world.
The pinnacle of this work is when around 70 of our student ambassadors spend a week with UNICEF every summer in New York, and address the United National High-level Political Forum, bringing the voice of the world’s young people to the world’s leaders.
At Nord Anglia Education, we know we are educating the leaders of tomorrow, and it is our responsibility and our privilege to help them develop the skills and opportunities they need to have a voice, and to make that voice positive, effective, impactful and, above all, heard.