For many of us, making gifts to charity is a personal decision. It may be built into our culture, our religion or our family values from an early age but most compassionate people like to help others less fortunate than themselves or use their money and skills to tackle a real global issue. There is no greater gift than the gift of giving and there is no greater satisfaction in being able to physically serve our communities with positive actions. So, raising money for a “good cause” is great and essential but going out there are getting your hands dirty has a really positive impact on changing attitudes and developing a generation of compassionate and considerate citizens of the world. We learn so much about ourselves by serving others as was demonstrated by one school in Doha who took on the challenge to put into practice the motto that says ‘actions speak louder than words.”
Compass International School Doha has a collaboration with UNICEF and their students are actively helping towards the UNICEF Global Goals of Sustainable Communities, Climate Action and Life Below Water.
Students at Compass International School Doha have been learning about the impact of plastic on the environment and our local beaches here in Qatar. The school has a successful Eco Warriors group, led by school students, to generate ideas to help the environment. Jose Saucedo, Founder of Doha Environmental Actions Project, came and spoke the Eco Warriors about what his group of volunteers do in Qatar and the dangers facing Qatar’s environment if things do not change.
Following the assembly with Mr Saucedo, the students took the initiative to make a difference and joined a Beach Clean Up at Purple Island. Over 150 members of the Compass International School Doha community of students, staff and parents, took part in the beach clean up on a windy day at Purple Island. This resulted in 1500kg of rubbish collected which equated to a huge 123 bags of trash.
Compass International School Doha students are now much more aware of the impact of plastic on the environment and these students will be educating others and, in some cases, their parents to make changes at home and in school to reduce the impact of plastic waste on our environment. Our students learned that they could not achieve this alone so, working together with Doha Environmental Actions Project, with their teachers, and with their parents they really did raise this issue and took action to improve our environment. We look forward to the next clean up and for taking further initiatives to make our world a better place, full of responsible citizens who care for each other and for their environment.
- Dr Terry Creissen OBE
As a Nord Anglia Education school, Compass International School Doha collaborates with UNICEF to empower our children to change the world. Through our collaboration with UNICEF, students research, develop and debate solutions to challenges facing society. Learn more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com.