Equipping students with the skills to turn their passions for giving back into meaningful, systemic change is at the forefront of our mind, that’s why we at Nord Anglia Education are establishing a charitable foundation and a global campaign centre to help transform not only our students lives but the communities they live in.
We will be allocating up to $US100 million over the next 10 years to these initiatives, which aim to teach our 53,000 students to become the change makers of tomorrow.
Nord Anglia Education chief executive Andrew Fitzmaurice said “our most powerful asset is our students”.
“They want to, can and will change the world,” he said.
“The hope for our charitable foundation and a global campaign centre is that it will help them do that, faster, more effectively and more sustainably.”
These initiatives, which will be rolled out over the coming months, will be led by Katie White OBE.
Ms White said the purpose was to arm young people with the tools, resources and training to take their passions and turn them into a powerful force for systemic change.
“We want to encourage and prepare tomorrow’s leaders, managers, opinion formers and entrepreneurs to be able to positively affect change and grow sustainable communities,” Ms White said.
While our schools already engage in social projects, Ms White said a global campaign centre will take those endeavours one step further by leveraging the organisation’s global presence and scale.
“We are in a unique position to do social good and we are keen to maximise that.”
In addition to the charitable foundation and a global campaign centre, the funding will also help NAE roll out an online platform called ‘Share A Dream’, a website where students around the world can select, share and champion philanthropic causes, measuring both time spent and money raised.
Share A Dream is currently being piloted in five NAE schools, Collège Alpin Beau Soleil, Collège Champittet, Nyonand Collège Champittet Pully, the British International School of Houstonand the British International School Ho Chi Minh City.
Our Advisory Board Chairman Lord David Puttnam said the initiatives would empower our students to engage in the type of systemic change that would bring about a meaningful and impactful difference in society.
"In our schools we have 53,000 young people who we hope will come to see themselves as the change makers of tomorrow,” Lord Puttnam said.
“When our students go out into the working world, we want them to take a different skill set that will have a ripple effect of creating real and meaningful change in societies across the globe,” Mr Fitzmaurice said.