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Using Social Media For Good

08 May 2014

We have recently been doing some work in the secondary school on what characteristics make a successful person. We call this our focus on Education for Character.

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This is based on High Performance Learning research that says that the most successful individuals have a combination of certain personal values, attitudes towards their study and life and personal attributes that ensure they are successful.

Some of the key traits of a successful, compassionate individual that we are trying to develop in school are concern for society and being locally and globally minded. The school and Nord Anglia Education encourages this through our PSHE programme, in our everyday teaching and learning and this is reinforced beyond the classroom through the Global Classroom , our online learning environment that connects our 28 schools around the world.

You may be aware from various international news outlets of the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian school girls. Students from one of our fellow NAE schools in Pattaya, Thailand have joined in with the international social media campaign to highlight the need to help these girls where the response initially has been very slow from Nigerian authorities. Over the past few days they have started a Twitter and Instagram campaign to join in with the international effort to raise awareness and put pressure on world leaders to help in resolving this outrage.

Currently the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag is being used on social media to highlight and show support for the campaign to release the girls, with people taking pictures of themselves with the hashtag.  The Pattaya school group of students call themselves “girlsup” and are trying to encourage as many of the students in our family of schools to get involved as possible.

This is where we as students, teachers and families linked to the school community can unite. This small, yet hopefully significant, initiative from the students has the potential to build to show the power of collaboration and the strength behind the student voice. As you know being part of Nord Anglia Education allows us to be part of a family which spreads over 12 countries and can reach up to 18,000 students and their wider families beyond – just think how loud our voices can be!

I am happy to support this project our school council leaders are getting the ball rolling here at BISS Puxi. In school next week we will use this message to promote the responsible use of social media as well as encourage our students to use the Global Classroom as an excellent forum for investigating key issues, discussing and building links with students around the world and using technology as a force for good. Please encourage your family friends and students to join this initiative as a worthy learning experience for all.

Have a good weekend and get tweeting!

#BringBackOurGirls
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