Lia and her classmate will be presenting their idea at the Nord Anglia Education Student Summit in New York, in July.
An annual event exclusive to NAE schools through its collaboration with UNICEF, student ambassadors attending the summit must demonstrate how their school is working to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) based on the Global Challenge set by the schools group.
Lia wanted her school’s idea to not only have gravitas, but it had to connect to her and her classmates too.
“We wanted to work on something that represented us,” Lia said.
Lia and her classmates are also working on building a mock-election board game, which they plan to present at the Student Summit. The project ties together the UN goals of good governance and quality education. The students hope to demonstrate how simple and easy the toolkit and game is to replicate and use in other countries.
News of the BMBK project has spread across the Philippines already. Last month Lia appeared on the Beyond Politics show on Philippine channel ANC. The NAIS Manila students are working with YVP to select schools to test their toolkit on. Lia said they also want to plan school trips to local government offices, the Philippines senate and the Mayor’s office too.
“Students should be able to explore these places,” Lia said.
“They should see where laws are made and how it ties into the importance of voting.”