Nord Anglia Education (NAE), the world’s leading premium schools group, today published the impact report for its Share a Dream outreach charitable activities. During the 2018-19 academic year more than US$650,000 was raised by students, teachers and staff at NAE schools as part of ongoing philanthropy efforts across the organisation. In addition, 76,000 volunteering hours for good causes were recorded.
Share a Dream encourages students to give back to communities as part of their education. The Share a Dream online platform equips students, teachers and staff with a host of fundraising and volunteering tools to support communities across the world. Using the platform, NAE schools plan, execute and report on the ways they are affecting change.
Andrew Fitzmaurice, Chief Executive Officer, Nord Anglia Education, said: “Our students are tomorrow’s change makers and we believe in nurturing the skills and creativity they need to make a difference in the world.”
“We’re proud of the incredible volunteering and fundraising efforts taking place in our schools. These are much more than just extra-curricular activities; we view these efforts as an integral part in any student’s education,” Mr Fitzmaurice said.
The 76,000 volunteering hours amassed were made up of over 800 different activities — from goods collection like the “Share your Christmas” food drive supported by students at Windermere Preparatory School, to advocacy projects like the recycling campaign led by Year 8 students at the British International School of Houston.
The Prague British International School organised a donation drive for child asylum seekers as part of their Global Challenge Children to Children project. The donations of toys, educational games and art supplies were given in welcome packs alongside letters written by the students and tote bags designed by Year 7 pupils.
Students from NAE College Champitett travelled to Thailand for a humanitarian trip. Whilst there, they worked eight-hour days in 40-degree heat to help finish the primary school facilities in a remote Akha tribe village in the mountains. The villagers were very grateful for everybody’s help towards improving the conditions of the local children’s education and the students were invited to attend a celebration ceremony hosted by the whole village.
A team of volunteers from the British International School Hanoi built a playground for more than 1,000 children in the Duong Nhan commune using funds they had raised. The new playground was warmly welcomed as the commune relies heavily on agriculture and there is little surplus income.