"Ours can be the first generation to end poverty – and the last generation to address climate change before it is too late" - Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Today we have been very fortunate to receive two very special visitors to the school.
Having read about the work we have been doing on our Enrichment Days, Kinvara Patterson, the content and curriculum manager from the not-for-profit education programme ‘The World’s Largest Lesson’ http://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/ asked to come into school, while she was here visiting Hanoi.
The aim of ‘The World’s Largest Lesson’ is to introduce the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unite them in action. ‘The World’s Largest Lesson’ brings the global goals to children all over the world, reaching over 130 countries and millions of children since its launch in September 2015.
She talked to our students today about how important young people are in helping to achieve the Development Goals with 40% of the world under the age of 24, and that in today’s digitally connected world there are so many opportunities for young people to take action. Kinvara has been so impressed with the work we are doing and has asked us to share our students’ work with her so that she can promote it through their social media channels.
Our second visitors were Harrie Kerley and Duncan Kenning, the Founder and Project director for SCUBA Projects - a brand new marine education and conservation project.
Over the past 6 weeks, they have been launching SCUBA Projects travelling the length of Vietnam conducting plastic pollution clean events in various different locations to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the world’s single-use plastic addiction.
To date they have filled 539 bags from beaches, national parks, cities, reefs, caves, the surface of the ocean and from popular tourist destinations. This roughly equates to 3,300 kilogrammes of plastic and fishing gear being removed from spaces where it could have potentially entered the ocean.
They have also inspired 260 volunteers from Vietnam to join them on the ‘clean’ events receiving a lot of support from local businesses, communities, local government, educational institutions. They have even been featured on the local TV news.
The ‘Clean’ Event in Hanoi
The Hanoi event coincides with the Kitchen God Day which will be spread over 3 days between 26th to 28th January. For this ‘clean’, they have partnered up with ‘Keep Hanoi Clean’, who ran the event last year to great success and this year they are hoping to attract up to 500 volunteers. If you would like to get involved with this brilliant project then please look at these links:
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/events/350355252454230/
And if you are keen to be involved then you can register here:
I hope you all have a great week ahead.